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Meet some of Ireland's newest citizens

The country gained 3,275 new citizens today.

MORE THAN 3,000 people from 126 different countries became Irish citizens today.

Speaking at one of four ceremonies held at the Convention Centre in Dublin, Justice Minister Frances Fitzgerald said that those who received naturalisation certificates “have the same rights, the same duties and the same responsibilities as every other Irish citizen”.

Fitzgerald described Ireland as: “One small island at the periphery of Europe”, adding that it “once sent forth almost half its population in starvation and fear to other countries” but is now “a magnet nation”.

Junior Minister Aodhán Ó Riordáin echoed these sentiments, telling those present:

It is truly amazing that this tiny island, at the edge of Western Europe facing into the Atlantic Ocean which is home to us all has, as its citizens –  as members of the national family –  people who have come to live with us from every country on this planet.

“As you leave here today, as proud new citizens of this Republic and constitutional democracy, our history is your history and the narrative of your life is now part of our history.”

Meet some of Ireland's newest citizens
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  • Rehana Popi (left) pictured with Abdul Kibria from Bangledesh, who is already resident in Dublin

    Source: Leah Farrell/Photocall Ireland
  • Edyta Kwasniewska from Poland, living in Co Clare

    Source: Sam Boal/Photocall Ireland
  • Mrunal Kotkunde from India, living in Dublin

    Source: Sam Boal/Photocall Ireland
  • Aurora (17), Sharon - Marie Ojo, Alaxandra Zoe (12), Rex Chukuka Ljisonwe and Israel (14) originally from Nigeria, living in Drogheda

    Source: sam boal
  • Christina and Joaquin (2 months) from the Philippines

    Source: Sam Boal/Photocall Ireland
  • Anna Mazurek from Poland, living in Kilkenny

    Source: Leah Farrell/Photocall Ireland
  • One of today's citizenship ceremonies

    Source: Sam Boal/Photocall Ireland

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