Speech by Minister for Transport, Tourism & Sport Leo Varadkar at the Inauguration of the Exhibition: 1689 - 2011, the Irish & France - three Centuries of military relations at the Musée de l'Armée, Saturday

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Through the centuries, this great country has inspired, welcomed and, at times, sheltered the Irish, who came to France during periods of religious and political persecution.  In return, Ireland sheltered the French Huguenots who added greatly to our industry and culture.

Speech by Minister Leo Varadkar at the Citizenship Ceremony in Cathal Brugha Barracks, Dublin

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The granting of citizenship to a person who has come to our country from a foreign land is a major event in his or her life.   It is a time of celebration, a rite of passage and a moment for all of you to cherish.  It is also a solemn event for this State in granting it. 


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