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Sunday, 05 February 2012
During a number of ceremonies held at Cathal Brugha Barracks in Dublin on Thursday and Friday, 2,000 new citizens swore fidelity to the Irish Nation. Reporting on one of the ceremonies Miriam Lord of the Irish Times spoke of it being ‘the happiest of events’ but one that ‘delivered a major jolt to the heart of the native cynic’. The new citizens were addressed by Taoiseach Enda Kenny, the army band was on hand to play the National Anthem, and presiding over all was retired judge Bryan McMahon. He paid tribute to Minister for Justice Alan Shatter ‘for endowing this ceremony with a sense of pomp and a sense of occasion’. On previous occasions new citizens queued up in court to swear loyalty from the witness box.

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