Sinn Féin Seanadóir Niall Ó Donnghaile, has reiterated his call for the establishment of an Irish passport office in the north.
Seanadóir Niall Ó Donnghaile was speaking after the Irish Department for Foreign Affairs reported a 25 per cent spike in applications for Irish passports compared to this stage last year.
Seanadóir Ó Donnghaile said:
"As the folly of Brexit becomes increasingly clear to people, record numbers of people are claiming their right to an Irish passport.
"This is evidenced by the fact that there has been a 25 per cent spike in applications for Irish passports compared to this stage last year and overall the number of applications received is up by 10 per cent.
“Party colleagues and members of the public have notified me that they have been unable to get through to the passport office due to the unprecedented demand and backlog. This shows clearly that there is an identifiable need for an Irish passport office in the north of Ireland.
"The Irish government cannot continue to deny Irish citizens in the north these services as demand continues to soar. An Irish passport office must be established as soon as possible."