The first virtual citizenship ceremony has been hosted by Minister for Justice and Equality Helen McEntee.

The restrictions imposed due to Covid-19 resulted in the cancellation of the full citizenship ceremonies scheduled for July.

21 applicants were conferred this afternoon via Zoom.

Virtual ceremonies are shorter than traditional in-person ceremonies, while still ensuring legal requirements are met.

Ceremonies performed online continue to include integrity measures, such as identity checks.

Huaidong and Shimeng Wang are among those who became Irish citizens today

Presiding Officer, retired High Court Judge Bryan McMahon, was also in attendance and addressed the candidates, before administering the Oath of Fidelity to the Nation.

The pilot event will be reviewed by the department to assess whether more applicants can be conferred in this way.