Wednesday April 8, 2020

Irish citizenship may not be passport to EU benefits

Though the focus has been on avoiding border checkpoints, the question of allowing Northern Irish citizens keep the perks of EU citizenship is proving 'tricky', Taoiseach Leo Varadkar said last week

14th November, 2018
Surge in passport applications from North. Pic: RollingNews.ie

With Brexit drawing closer, Noeleen Hayes decided it was time to get her two sons Irish passports. Living in Fermanagh in Northern Ireland, the 42-year-old spent about €300 applying for Irish citizenship for her boys, aged 11 and 12, in part to secure European Union benefits like lower university fees and health care.

Under the Good Friday Agreement, Northern Ireland’s 1.8 million people are entitled to an Irish passport, a British passport or both.

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