Long and costly wait pays off for mother
A MOTHER made several trips up from Wexford and spent a cold, wet night outside the Passport Office in Dublin so her daughter could go on a school trip.
Liz Smyth (47), from Gorey, was first in the queue at 9.30am yesterday after spending the previous night sitting on the railing in the freezing rain in order to get a passport for her daughter Leeane (15).
The student at Gorey Community School was due to fly to Italy last night for a five-day class excursion.
Her plans had gone awry after her passport was sent to a non-existent address and Ms Smyth had just days to get another one. It took until 2pm yesterday before she finally had the passport in her hand.
"I can't believe I got it. I'm wrecked,'' she told the Irish Independent.
Ms Smyth estimates she wasted four days in the mix-up. She spent more than €300, including €150 for a taxi to Dublin, €40 in bus fares and another €70 for a hotel room so she could take a shower.
But she agreed it was better than losing the €850 she had paid for her daughter's trip, not to mention the disappointment of cancellation.