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Doherty calls for extension of passport services in Six Counties

29 August, 2003

Commenting on the statement from Minister for Foreign Affairs Brian Cowen confirming the success of the passport application scheme in the Six Counties Sinn Féin MP for West Tyrone Pat Doherty said 'the potential of this service is obvious and it should be extended as quickly as possible.'

"The commencement of the Swiftpost passport application scheme in a limited number of post offices in the Six Counties last March came after a long campaign by Sinn Féin and others. The Minister report, today confirmed that over 6,500 people have availed of this service in the 5 months up to July.

"These figures show that there is a high level of demand in the Six Counties for access to Irish passport services. The potential of this service is obvious and should be immediately extended to all Post Offices in the North.

"The Irish government as a co-equal partner in the implementation of the Good Friday Agreement have responsibilities to Irish citizens living in the Six Counties. This involves a range of issues including representation in the Houses of the Oireachtas and services such as access to Irish passports. Some progress has been made in this regard but much work still remains." ENDS

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