Irish Passports applications will continue to rise - Ó Donnghaile
Speaking after figures from the Irish embassy in London suggest 2018 will be a record year for passport applications, Sinn Féin Seanadóir Niall Ó Donnghaile said:
“With nearly 45,000 people applying for an Irish passport in the first half of 2018, demand could reach 90,000 by the end of the year.
“Brexit has created massive uncertainty for citizens, who are resident both in the north and Britain around their legal rights, protections, entitlements, status and situation as a result of Brexit.
“There is a growing realisation that carrying an Irish passport, as a citizen, or as a measure of protection against the unseen consequences of Britain leaving the EU is important and those entitled to passports are staking their claim to Irish citizenship.
“I have no doubt that the trend on applying for Irish Passports will only rise further. The Irish government have an obligation to take a stand in defence of rights, citizenship and the Good Friday Agreement at the negotiations and afterwards.”