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Monday 27 March 2023 Dublin: 7°C

# Irish Citizens

This month
March 2023
# citizenship
'I feel a sense of belonging’: 1,500 people become Irish citizens in Dublin
Minister Simon Harris paid tribute to those “who are part of our national tapestry of communities right across the country”.
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# Kabul
Work ongoing to get 60 Irish citizens out of Afghanistan, says Coveney
The minister said that Ireland has now granted 280 refugee status papers to Afghan citizens who want to leave and are in danger.
# Afghanistan
Two more Irish citizens evacuated from Afghanistan
A total of eight Irish citizens have now been evacuated, with 34 remaining in the country.
# High Court
Irish couples travelling abroad for surrogacy set to be exempt from hotel quarantine, High Court hears
The regulations could be in place by the end of the day, the High Court was told by lawyers for the State.
# London
Over 1,200 arrests of Irish people by Met Police this year
A total of 157 Irish people were arrested for common assault.
# stranded abroad
'This eclipses the shutdowns following 9/11': The battle to get 2,000 Irish citizens home
The majority of stranded Irish citizens are in Australia or New Zealand, the Department of Foreign Affairs said.
# Covid-19
Irish passengers on board cruise ship where 450 cases of coronavirus have been confirmed
The Department of Foreign Affairs has said it is aware of the case.
# Coronavirus
Coronavirus: Department of Foreign Affairs advises Irish people in China to leave if their presence is 'not essential'
A new updated warning advises people to “avoid non-essential” travel.
# crisis abroad
Over 1,700 Irish citizens abroad required help due to arrests, kidnappings and deaths in 2019, figures show
Some citizens required supports during Hong Kong protests and terrorists attacks in Kenya.
# Irish Abroad
Majority of people in Ireland want to allow Irish citizens abroad to vote in presidential elections
That’s according to an Amárach/Claire Byrne Live poll carried out for
Should children born in Ireland to foreign parents be deported?
Barrister Anthony Moore writes about whether deportation law reform is throwing the baby out with the bathwater.
# new irish
3,500 people from 120 countries became Irish citizens today
A 93-year-old man from the UK was among those who became an Irish citizen today.
# travel advice
Irish heading to Las Vegas urged to take 'high degree of caution' after mass shooting
Las Vegas is a popular place for Irish tourists.
# Céad Míle Fáilte
The Late Late Show met some of Ireland's newest citizens
“It was the proudest day of my life. Honestly.”
Number of people granted Irish citizenship in 2015 almost half that of 2012 peak
Only 13,500 naturalisation certificates were issued to non-Irish nationals in 2015.
# Foreign Affairs
Over 800 Irish people were caught up in major crises abroad in 2015
The Department of Foreign Affairs has released its annual report for 2015, which also highlights an increase in passports issued.
# Your Say
Poll: Would you be anxious about travelling to Paris or Brussels?
The Department of Foreign Affairs reminded people to ‘exercise extreme caution’ if they are planning a trip to France.
# Earthquake
All Irish citizens in Nepal are safe, as 1,000 Europeans remain missing
The death toll has topped 6,000.
# Earthquake
Four Irish people have still not contacted home after Nepal earthquake
One Nepalese man was removed from the rubble after 82 hours. He said he survived by drinking his own urine.
# sent packin'
Australia has booted out almost 1,000 Irish nationals for overstaying their welcome
The figures for the last three years, shows that on average an Irish person is deported almost every day for visa breaches.
# Twitter
Department of Foreign Affairs operates 25 embassy Twitter accounts
The department also has two embassy Facebook accounts – for Sydney and New Dehli.
# Boston Marathon
Officials say no Irish injured or missing after Boston marathon blasts [Update]
108 Irish citizens were registered to run in Boston, including 50 with Irish addresses – but all are thought to be safe and accounted for.
Thailand clarifies position on English language teachers from Ireland
The Teachers’ Council of Thailand has clarified that Irish citizens are not required to prove their proficiency in English through testing before being allowed to teach in the country.
# Voting Rights
Voting rights could be extended to Irish abroad, says Gilmore
However, the Tánaiste says that the extension is currently only being considered for presidential elections.
# pic of the day
Enda's Cuddly Photocall of the Day (part 2)
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# Bahrain
Majority don't support unrest in Bahrain, says Irish woman in Manama
Irish woman living in Bahrain tells that Bahrain feels like the North in the 70s and the unrest has created sectarian divisions.
# Japan
Irish warned against non-essential travel to Japan
French government urging its citizens to leave Tokyo and move to the south of the country or return to France, while British embassy is organising transport to help people leave tsunami-struck Sendai.
# Japan
Department of Foreign Affairs sets up crisis centre for Japan tsunami
The department estimates that there are around 2,000 Irish citizens in Japan. Relatives and friends of people in Japan are asked to contact the crisis centre for information.
# Libya
Department issues appeal for Irish citizens in Libya
# Libya
UN and NATO hold emergency meetings on Libya
Rush to evacuate ex-pats from Libya as international leaders meet to consider their response to the increasing unrest.
# Libya
Irish Air Corps to make second attempt to evacuate Irish people in Libya
The Department of Foreign Affairs will attempt to put a crisis management team including the Irish Ambassador to Italy on the ground in Tripoli today.
# Libya
Air Corps plane leaves Tripoli – but no Irish on board
An Irish Air Corps plane left Tripoli without any Irish passengers on board, a government spokesman confirmed.
# Libya
In photos: Irish Defence Forces fly to Libya to evacuate Irish citizens
Two Air Corps planes with nine crew have arrived in Malta to await go-ahead to evacuate about 40 Irish people from Malta, as over a dozen other governments prepare to evacuate their citizens.
# Egypt
About 400 Irish citizens in Egypt given consular assistance
Some 300 Irish citizens have returned home following the unrest – but others say they want to stay.