Shatter avoids press at citizenship ceremony

The Justice Minister has refused to take questions from journalists at a citizenship ceremony in Dublin.

Alan Shatter's spokesperson says he's "too busy" to take questions, and avoided the press, entering a side door at the Convention Centre.

Almost 4,000 people from over 120 countries have been conferred citizenship in today's four ceremonies.

Minister Alan Shatter advised the new citizens to celebrate their new status responsibly:

"Nor do I want to get a telephone call from the local chief superintendent to say 'Minister, we have a number of people down in the garda station who seem to be somewhat excited, and they keep mentioning your name'," he said.

"Let's try not to do that."

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