Lost or settled citizenship cases cost state €4.5 million over past three years
Immigration lawyers say they believe most of the money paid to settle cases related to those taken because of application processing delays
The state has lost or settled 450 citizenship cases over the past three years at a cost of €4.5 million to the taxpayer, new figures show.
According to figures released under Freedom of Information legislation, the millions of euro in legal costs was paid to 47 different law firms and organisations. Some of the funds may, however, relate to cases settled in prior years.
Processing times for citizenship applications have risen steadily in recent years, ...