Wednesday 21 September 2011

Certificates of Irish Heritage

The Certificate of Irish Heritage will be officially available to purchase from Ireland via at the end of the month, cost €40. Anyone can claim the certificate if they have an Irish connection - anyone that is, who isn't actually Irish and living on the island of Ireland.

The document has no legal validity whatsoever. When first posited two years ago, it was suggested that anyone who purchased one would be entitled to receive discounts at various tourist attractions across the island - thereby discriminating against the tax payer of Ireland, not so entitled, and who funds many of them in the first place.

COMMENT: Is the Irish diaspora being recognised by this initiative or exploited by it?



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