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Department must allow motor licensing authorities accept northern birth certificates as ID

11 May, 2005

Sinn Féin spokesperson on Transport, Seán Crowe TD, has called on the Department of the Environment, Heritage and Local Government to immediately rectify the anomaly that exists in relation to the forms of identification acceptable to the Motor Tax Office when applying for a driving licence.

Deputy Crowe made his call following the refusal of the Motor Tax Office in Dublin to accept as identification, northern birth certificates, from two separate individuals from the Six Counties living and working in Dublin. The Dublin South West TD said the decision "flew in the face of the Good Friday Agreement."

Deputy Crowe said, "It is absolutely disgraceful that the Motor Tax Office in Dublin, for whatever reason, is not willing to accept as identification a birth certificate issued from the north of Ireland. Their refusal to accept this form of ID is causing massive inconvenience and annoyance, especially for those who do not have a passport.

"This is a fundamental issue of rights and touches on one of the cornerstones of the Good Friday Agreement. That Agreement acknowledged the right of all people born on the island of Ireland to Irish citizenship and it is something that is recognised by both the Irish and British Government. So surely official documentation produced in the Six Counties, like a birth certificate, which is routinely used for identification purposes, should be acceptable for verification purposes to all Irish state bodies.

"I would call on the Department of the Environment to immediately rectify this anomaly and instruct the Motor Tax Office to allow Irish people from the Six Counties to use their birth certificates in the same way as people from the 26 Counties, when applying for Driving Licenses." ENDS

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