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04 November 2010

Ireland: Citizenship 'denied for penalty points'

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People are being refused citizenship for such reasons as having a few penalty points or claiming disability benefit, an Immigrant Council of Ireland conference has heard. Its founder Sr Stanislaus Kennedy said the State’s policy on citizenship “badly needs a rethink”.

Immigrants can apply for citizenship after five years of legal residency here. Sr Stanislaus said the Government approved just over half of citizenship applications. This compared with a 90 per cent approval rate in the UK and Australia, and 97 per cent in Canada.

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