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Comment #1723464 by Celina Vieites

Celina Vieites Oct 21st 2013, 6:15 PM #

Some of the comments here make me really sad. I’m an immigrant, I’m married to an Irishman and have two wonderful children. I’m a teacher, I do not take advantage of the system, I’ve no medical card and pay all my taxes. My oldest speaks Irish and plays in the local GAA club. I love Ireland and naturalisation to me is a way of putting on paper the feeling of belonging that I have for this country, that is my home. Don’t put all immigrants in the same bag.

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14 years after falling for Ireland, Alison becomes a citizen

14 years after falling for Ireland, Alison becomes a citizen

The Today FM DJ joined 3,800 others who took their Oath of Fidelity to Ireland today.

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    Favourite Niall H
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    Oct 21st 2013, 6:34 PM

    Well said Celina!!

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    Favourite Aisling Carey
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    Oct 21st 2013, 6:55 PM

    Couldn’t have put it better myself Celina, and we’re glad to have you!

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    Favourite Angela Kelly
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    Oct 21st 2013, 9:18 PM

    Lovely comment Celina, well said. Ireland is still very backward and there are a lot of ignorants, but they are fortunately a minority. Ignore them, welcome :)

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    Favourite Petr Tarasov
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    Oct 21st 2013, 9:52 PM

    Celina — A hundred thousand welcomes from me! :)

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    Oct 21st 2013, 11:58 PM

    Welcome one and all.

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    Favourite Aodhan O Cuana
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    Oct 22nd 2013, 12:19 AM

    I couldn’t think of a worse country to seek citizenship; if your not a white heterosexual male that is settled and married, your not worth bothering about! This country drips of insidious institutional abuse and is no country for old, young or ethically diverse citizens! It’s run by teachers, barristers and other slightly deviant men with fetishes for the abstractly absurd! Read Kavanagh’s surreal but poignant poem re: ‘the Stoney grey soil’! Sums up Ireland!

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    Favourite Angela Kelly
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    Oct 22nd 2013, 9:06 AM

    Aodhan expressed an opinion Mary. He is correct, it is a very backward, racist country…he doesn’t have to leave to have an opinion. On the same account, perhaps you should also leave because you are so insecure and sensitive about your own identity.

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    Oct 22nd 2013, 12:25 PM

    Welcome Celina and I hope yourself and your family have a happy life here.Great to see the citizensip ceremony and the joy on the faces of those who are now Irish.

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    Favourite John Sheehy
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    Oct 22nd 2013, 1:44 PM

    You should try Poland and do a comparison about racism, sexism and bigotry.

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