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Expedite citizenship programme for healthcare workers say Clare Ógra Fianna Fáil

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Healthcare workers in the process of applying for Irish citizenship should be fast-tracked, Clare Ógra Fianna Fáil have stated.

In what has been labelled a gesture to appreciate the contribution of healthcare workers during the pandemic, Clare Ógra Fianna Fáil have urged the Department of Justice to fast-track the Irish naturalisation process for healthcare workers.

Over 700 people have benefited from an expedited citizenship programme in France including immigrant healthcare workers, cleaners, and shop workers. A streamlined residency process to immigrant doctors also been offered by some German and Canadian states.

Dr Mohsin Kamal who works as a registrar in Crumlin Children’s Hospital, came to Ireland in 2016 from Pakistan started a petition at the end of December calling for a similar acceleration in the country.

Clare Ógra Fianna Fáil have rowed in behind the proposal as they called on the Irish Government to follow the lead of their French counterparts.

Vice Chairman of Clare Ógra, David Griffin outlined, “These people have put their well-being and the well being of their families at risk to keep us all, Irish or not, safe. They deserve the security of calling Ireland their forever home, it’s the least we can do”.

Newmarket-on-Fergus native Griffin added, “The pandemic has highlighted the huge contribution that non EU workers make to the provision of healthcare in this country, and given the incredibly difficult and dangerous circumstances that COVID-19 has presented, we owe them a debt of gratitude. I feel this would go some way to repay that debt. The Immigration system in this country is frightfully slow and in need of major reform, this would be a great first step”.

Páraic McMahon is Head of News & Sport with The Clare Echo. The Newmarket-on-Fergus native also writes for national papers including The Irish Examiner, The Irish Independent and The Irish Times along with doing work for RTÉ, Today FM, TheJournal.ie and The42.ie. A graduate of Mary Immaculate College, Páraic was previously employed by The Clare Herald and Clare FM. If you have a story, tip or some feedback for him then send an email to - paraic@clareecho.ie

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