Almost 4,000 people became Irish citizens today at four special ceremonies in Dublin.
People from over 100 countries took part in the ceremonies and 2,229 women and 1,738 men became citizens.
As part of proceedings, new citizens swore a declaration of fidelity to the nation and of loyalty to the State.
Over 59,000 people have become Irish citizens in 81 ceremonies since June 2011.
The waiting time for an application for citizenship to be processed now takes an average of six months.
Before the introduction of new technology, it took up to four years.