Open Irish passport office in Belfast now urges Ó Donnghaile
Sinn Féin member of Seanad Éireann, Niall Ó Donnghaile, has called on the Irish government to open a passport office in Belfast.
Speaking today Mr Ó Donnghaile said:
“It is very clear that, in the wake of England voting to take the North of Ireland out of Europe, there has never been a larger demand for Irish passport applications in the north of Ireland.
“Passport forms have been snapped up across the north by all sections of the community and we have seen notices go up stating that, due to unprecedented demand, many places have run out of application forms and are waiting on more arriving.
“Sinn Féin have consistently made the case to the Irish government to open a passport office north of the border.
“Given the fact now that there is huge uncertainty over the implications of the North of Ireland being pulled out of Europe there is no better time for the Irish government to act.
“I have written to the Irish foreign affair minister Charlie Flanagan in order to draw his attention to this matter and to urge him to open a passport office in Belfast.”