Passport Office Needed In North
Sinn Féin MLA Willie Clarke has said that he is disappointed that the Irish government has no intention of setting up a passport office in the North.
Mr Clarke stated:
“I recently wrote to the Irish Minister of Foreign Affairs Eamon Gilmore asking him of the intentions of the Irish Government to set up a passport office in the North
“Every year an average of 37,000 people from the North apply for Irish Passports through the Express Application process alone so I was extremely disappointed that the answer I received was that there is no intention to set up a office in the North in the near future.
“Under the Good Friday Agreement there is an entitlement for people living in the North who wish to declare Irish citizenship to do so and more and more people are taking up that option.
“A passport office in the North would not only alleviate the pressures on the Dublin office but would allow people to travel locally to apply and collect their passport.
“I will continue to campaign for an office to be situated North of the border in order to satisfy the demand for Irish passports here.”