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# Citizens
Temporary process set up for granting citizenship during pandemic
4,000 people awaiting citizenship will be able to finish the process by the end of March.
Have your say: a chance for the public to tell policymakers where we go from here
Live discussions on Science Week platform will hear what Irish citizens think the ‘new normal’ should look like.
# Céad Míle Fáilte
2,000 people from over 100 countries will become Irish citizens today
Such ceremonies were put on hold after a High Court ruling in July.
# it's all kicking off
Irish citizens in Qatar being urged to register with government as diplomatic crisis deepens
Yesterday, Saudi Arabia and several of its allies cut relations with Qatar.
# Céad Míle Fáilte
The Late Late Show met some of Ireland's newest citizens
“It was the proudest day of my life. Honestly.”
# Travel
10% increase in Irish passports issued this year - but Brexit's not to blame
That’s according to Minister Charlie Flanagan.
# non-eu citizens
Sham marriage dispute: 'My partner's parents had their flights booked, but now our wedding can't happen'
A staff dispute means an Irish citizen marrying a non-EU citizen cannot have their marriage processed.
# Reform
Irish undocumented migrants in the USA could be able to visit home
President Obama has offered undocumented migrants protection from deportation.
# Citizens
Pellegrini: Liverpool defeat changes nothing for City
Man City aim to get back to winning ways as they take on Sunderland tonight.
# Citizens
Controversial, offside goal has Man City in the driving seat against Southampton
City lead the Saints 3-1 at the break.
# Citizens
Increase of 5 per cent in people using Passport Express
A total of 631,186 passports were issued in 2013 – and 5 per cent more people used Passport Express.
# Prime Numbers
Prince George, peat briquettes and David Norris: The week in numbers
Plus: How much money has the HSE spent so far this year?
# lockout 2013
Lockout protest: Mini-march, TD jostled and pepper spray
Although the turnout was lower than expected at today’s Dáil Lockout protest, there were a few tense stand-offs.
# Austerity
Higgins: It is important that austerity does not erode the rights of citizens
Speaking at a reception for the new European Ombudsman Emily O’Reilly, he said the connection between economy, society and government is profoundly important.
# citizenship
140 former asylum seekers became Irish citizens today
Speaking at a ceremony in Dublin, Minister Alan Shatter welcomed 1,000 new citizens “from states whose names commence with almost every letter of the alphabet”.
# citizen rule
This is what YOU would do to improve Ireland
Disused railways into cycle paths; flat fares; community schemes; co-op gardens on Nama lands – some of your spiffing suggestions on turning the current state of the nation on its head.
Column: Leinster House can seem impenetrable to the average citizen
There is a breakdown in communication between the citizen and their elected representatives when, ironically, our representatives are arguably more contactable now than they have ever been before, writes Sarah O’Neill.
# Marriage
Burton pledges to combat 'sham marriages'
The minister said her department is currently working on legislation to make marriages of convenience more difficult to contract.
# Oath
PICS: 4,500 become Irish citizens in giant ceremony
Around 4,500 people received their certificate of naturalisation at the Convention Centre today.
Column: Solidarity is vital to show Turkish protesters the world is watching
Socialist Party MEP Paul Murphy travelled to Istanbul to see the protests first-hand – and in his diary from the visit he tells us that the response from the country’s Prime Minister has been “brutal”.
# European Union
President: Racism will rise if Europe does not focus on citizens
President Michael D Higgins criticised the EU for listening to the concerns of financial institutions over citizens.
# Citizens
Dzeko volley hands Man City victory over the Baggies
The Bosnian striker scored in the first half at the Etihad Stadium.
Column: To bring about any change, we must redefine what we expect from our politicians
If we want to reclaim the current political landscape we need to re-establish the ground rules for office holders and ensure their words turn into actions, writes Martin Critten.
# Social Media
Oireachtas committee wants to hear your issues with social media
Transport and Communications joint committee has launched a public consultation process to explore the use – and abuse – of social media. (And you can participate through social media).
# nudge theory
Here's how Britain is getting its citizens to 'behave'
The Behavioural Insights Team – nicknamed the ‘Nudge Unit’ – is working behind the scenes to stop Britons smoking, get them to pay taxes and other behaviour modifications.
# Syria
Rape 'significant' weapon of war in Syria, says report
A new report called Syria: A Regional Crisis says that rape is a “significant and disturbing feature of the Syrian civil war”.
# Pensioners
Benitez blames tiredness, not tinkering, for Chelsea loss
The Spaniard also revealed that the Demba Ba transfer has yet to be officially confirmed.
# Migrants
Political integration scheme connects migrants to Leinster House
How did four migrants get on during a pilot scheme working with TDs for six months? finds out.
Column: Europeans saying Obama has to win? It makes me want to scream
It makes little difference to us who sits in the Oval Office – and we shouldn’t kid ourselves otherwise, says David Cronin.
# danger
EU brings in new rules on public awareness of industrial hazards
Member states have to draw up emergency plans for areas surrounding industrial plants who work with large quantities of dangerous substances.
# Philippines
Pics: Philippines hit by major flooding and landslide
The country’s capital, Manila is ‘half submerged’ in water. Thousands of commuters were stranded overnight and homes have been evacuated.
# Syria
UN human rights chief urges international community to "act now" on Syria
High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay, told the General Assembly that the Government of Syria has failed to protect its people.
# North Korea
North Korea’s New Year message: Defend Kim Jong Un unto death
North Korea gave its new year message today, telling citizens that it will be a year “when an era of prosperity is unfolding”. It told people to act as human shields, defending Kim Jong Un unto death.
# Syria
New clashes take place in Syria - 19 reported dead
The latest violence comes as the monitors continue to observe the country. Hundreds of thousands of people took to the streets today to call for the downfall of the regime.
# Egypt
More deaths in Tahrir Square clashes
The violence continues in Cairo this afternoon, with 24 people confirmed dead so far. This is the most sustained challenge yet to Egypt’s military rule.
# occupy
Occupy protesters allowed return to Zuccotti Park
The activists have received a court order allowing them to return to the park from which they were evicted in the early hours of this morning.
Column: We can make a new Ireland, but everyone has to help
Change is in our power – and a truly better Ireland will only come if we all get stuck in, writes Yvonne McKenna.
# Migrants
Huge rise in residency enquiries from migrant parents with Irish citizen children
The Immigrant Council of Ireland has released details of calls to its helpline for the first six months of the year.