Over 3,500 people presented with certificates of naturalisation

Thursday 13 December 2012 22.06
Minister Alan Shatter has decided on 38,000 applications since taking office
Minister Alan Shatter has decided on 38,000 applications since taking office

Over 3,500 people took part in citizenship ceremonies in Dublin today.

They were presented with certificates of naturalisation.

Speaking at a ceremony in the Convention Centre this afternoon,  Minister for Justice Alan Shatter welcomed the country's newest citizens.

He said he had made decisions on almost 38,000 applications since he took office.

Last year 11,000 citizenship certificates were issued, generating €9m in revenue for the country.