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Wedding bells will ring after visa row is resolved

Editor's Viewpoint

The Home Office has come to its senses in the case of a Northern Ireland man and his Japanese fiancee who are due to get married soon. She was refused a visa to come to Northern Ireland to get married because her husband-to-be held an Irish passport and was therefore regarded by the government department as Irish rather than British.

That ruling flies in the face of the legitimacy under the Good Friday Agreement for people in Northern Ireland to hold either British or Irish passport or both, without necessarily denying their Britishness. It was a stressful time for the couple but now they have got the best wedding present - permission to get wed.

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