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PHOTOS: Meet Ireland's newest citizens

As of today, the country has 2,700 new citizens.

IRELAND GAINED 2,700 NEW citizens, from 120 countries, today.

Foreign Affairs Minister Charlie Flanagan spoke at one of several citizenship ceremonies held at the Convention Centre in Dublin today.

He told those present: “The decision to apply to become an Irish citizen is one, I know, that you did not take lightly. It is also a major event for us as the host nation in bestowing this honour on you.”

Today is a major event in your life and is one which opens up many possibilities to you. Perhaps one day, you or a child or grandchild of yours, could stand here as Minister for Justice, or, indeed, Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, or as Judge, or perhaps the President of Ireland.

One way or another, all this future potential derives from you becoming a citizen of our country today.

Here are some photos from today’s ceremonies:

PHOTOS: Meet Ireland's newest citizens
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  • Zeineb Hartnett from Tunisia, living in Carlow

    Source: Mark Stedman/Photocall Ireland
  • Sisters Galina (left) and Julia Paulikov from Russia and living is Collon, Co Louth. pictured with their mother Nadia

    Source: Mark Stedman/Photocall Ireland
  • Mossammat Nadira Begum from Bangladesh and living in Killarney, Co Kerry, with Mohamed Abu Tayus

    Source: Mark Stedman/Photocall Ireland
  • Fr Paul Girgis (centre) from Egypt and living in Galway

    Source: Mark Stedman/Photocall Ireland
  • Pawel Zielinski from Poland and Wilfredo Velasco from the Philippines pictured with Garda Paidi Kelly

    Source: Mark Stedman/Photocall Ireland
  • Julie Pamela Abarzua from Chile and Oladunni Akinbowale from Nigeria pictured with Garda Paidi Kelly

    Source: Mark Stedman/Photocall Ireland
  • Dr Natasha Slattery, from Canada and living in Limerick, with partner Commandant David Slattery

    Source: Mark Stedman/Photocall Ireland

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Órla Ryan

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