Three Citizenship Ceremonies took place in the one ceremony with over 3000 candidates originating from over 120 countries gaining the right to an Irish passport and all that that brings.
From top: Maria Navaed with daughters Rannaya and Sarina originally from Pakistan Shela and Zimena Cafferos Rios originally from Mexico; Michael and Pauline Mokwe originally from Cameroon; Nichakun Plaengeli originally from Thailand; Prince Babu with Juan, Jemimia and Jenita); from left: Joan Sheehan, Irma Fleming, Marilyn Donoso and Michelle Canadilla all originally from the Philippines; Elena with her son Michael Ermyki originally from Russia; Carolina Coronado originally Venezuela; Clarisse Coelko originally from Brazil and Macedonia-born photographer Sasko Lazarov (no stranger to ‘sheet readers).
New Irish citizens celebrate their new Irishness at the Convention Center, Dublin at the official Citizenship Ceremony, a tradition begun by former justice minister Alan Shatter (fair play, etc). A total of 112 different nationalities of candidates attended today’s ceremony.
New sisters, brothers and, why not, a friendly-looking-but-aren’t-they-all-in-fairness Catholic nun.
From top: Simbi Ayoola (12) with her relative and fellow new Irish Citizen Oladimeji Olajubu both from originally from Nigeria; Sister Odilia Kyomugisha, originally from Uganda, with unidentified Irish nun chum; Lulius Hegedus, originally from Romania; Modupe Tokunbo Apara, originally from Nigeria; Nikolina Damyanona with her daughter Daisy, both from Bulgaria; Dublin-born Likema Yonas celebrating her parents’ citizenship.
The Citizens Ceremony at the National Convention Centre, Dublin, the 100th of its kind since its introduction in 2011 by Alan Shatter (fair play).
They’re happy now, etc.
From top: Iliana Peralta originally from Peru; Rahab Swords originally from Kenya; ; Sofia and Mother Jelena Komarovska originally from Latvia; Aliona Kosiakova originally from Lithunia; Marcus originally from Gambia and wife Patricia Danson and their baby Sally; Diana Alrumhi originally from Ukraine/Palestine; Jehan Henehan (left) originally from Australia and Megan Burgdorf originally from USA.
Soofia Bano and daughter Hira Israr (top) at a 2013 Irish citizenship ceremony and Dr Antje Röder (above) of Trinity College, Dublin
The Department of Sociology, Trinity College Dublin, has published a controversial study called ‘New Irish Families: A profile of Second Generation Children and their Families’.
The report reveals that one-in-four children born in Ireland in 2012 had a non-Irish born mother.
And that there is now much greater diversity in terms of “religion, linguistic, and good looking genes ethnic and national background” among young families in Ireland than EVER before.
Dr Antje Röder, the study’s principal investigator, writes:
“From our study so far it is clear that some groups of migrant parents experience socio-economic disadvantages that are likely to impact their children as they grow older. Another core issue is childcare: immigrant parents have less access to relative care, and many cannot afford other forms of childcare, leading to lower rates of return to work amongst migrant mothers. We cannot say yet to what extent this reflects different cultural preferences for the appropriate care of young children, but will continue to investigate this further as the study progresses.”
Some of the 1,000 new Irish citizens – 140 of whom were asylum seekers – presented with Irish citizenship at a Citizenship Ceremony in the Convention centre, Dublin, this afternoon.
From top: Hira Shah from Pakistan and her mother Nasreen Shah; Larisa Malakhovskaya and daughters Anna and Marina from Belarus; Faye, Raymar and six-year-old Yanni Abando from the Philippines; imi Ogunyemi from Nigeria with his sister Kemi Ogunyemi and partner Karli Mulvaney; Perpetual Imansuen from Nigeria; Nicoleta Sinevici from Romania, and Huda Albayati helping her parents, Issa Bakal and Souhila A Rashed from Iraq.