Wednesday January 29, 2020

How Shatter helped FG boost its immigrant vote

Former justice minister Alan Shatter has had a hidden influence on Fine Gael’s European election campaign.

Michael Brennan

Political Editor

@obraonain
25th May, 2014
Samsoom Nahar, originally from Bangladesh, and her daughter Raissa at an Irish citizenship ceremony at the Convention Centre in Dublin. Picture: Laura Hutton/Photocall

Former justice minister Alan Shatter has had a hidden influence on Fine Gael’s European election campaign by personally giving more than 47,000 new citizens the right to vote.

Although the controversy over his resignation and severance package caused difficulties for Shatter’s party, the immigrant community has an entirely different view of him, due to his role in granting them citizenship.

During his three years in office, he personally granted citizenship to over...

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