Ireland moves to eliminate birth citizenship

From 'Govt to hold referendum on citizenship rights':

The Government has announced plans to hold a referendum to change the citizenship rights of people born in Ireland.

At present, anybody born in Ireland is entitled to citizenship under constitutional changes contained in the Good Friday Agreement.

However, the Government wants to limit this right to the children of people who have been living in Ireland for a number of years.

Justice Minister Michael McDowell said the move was an attempt to ease pressure on maternity wards that is allegedly being caused by the existing citizenship rights...

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