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Irish government should amend Irish Nationality and Citizenship Act - Ó Donnghaile

3 April, 2017 - by Niall Ó Donnghaile

Sinn Féin Seanadóir  Niall Ó Donnghaile, MLAs Michelle Gildernew and John O'Dowd met representatives of the Irish Citizens Rights Campaign Group in the assembly today.

The campaign group raised serious concerns about the citizenship and residential status of EU and non-EU citizens caused by Brexit.

Commenting on the meeting Seanadóir  Niall Ó Donnghaile said:

“The focus of the Irish Citizens Rights Campaign Group’s presentation was the Irish government. 

“They said the Irish government should amend the 2004 Irish Nationality and Citizenship Act to allow non-Irish and non-British nationals resident in the North to apply for Irish citizenship.

“They believe that the Irish government should also protect the EU common travel area and support a special status between the north and the EU. 

"I will be raising the issues with the relevant Irish government minister and encouraging the government to urgently act to support foreign nationals.

“I will also initiate a debate in Seanad Éireann and encourage my colleagues in the Dáil to do likewise.

“Citizens from abroad living in the north make a valuable contribution to life there in terms of family, community and economically. 

“They need legal protection in these very insecure times created by the British government's decision to leave the EU."

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