10% increase in Northern applications for Passports – Ó Donnghaile
Speaking after he secured a Seanad discussion on the need for a Passport Office to be located in the North, Seanadóir Niall Ó Donnghaile said that such a facility was needed “in order to greater enfranchise people across Ireland and also to ease the burden on staff.”
Speaking from the Oireachtas today, Seanadóir Ó Donnghaile said;
“I welcome that the Minister took time to come before us on this matter this morning. The substantial existing demand for Irish Passports in the North has only increased following the result of the Brexit vote.
“Figures released by Minister McHugh show that in the month of June there were 7,045 applications from the North and 5,719 from Britain. That is an increase 9.5% and 20% respectively. These figures are only set to rise further. That is why a Passport facility in the North makes practical sense.
“I was encouraged to hear the Minister approach this matter from a positive and resolute frame of mind, I share that approach. I will continue to engage him, his officials, community, business, and civic leaders from right across the North on ensuring this facility can be realised in order to greater enfranchise people across Ireland and also to ease the burden on staff.”