Passport backlog is cleared
TRAVELLERS can now use the 10-day passport guarantee service again after a massive backlog of applications was cleared.
The number of applications on the system peaked at 68,014 in mid-June as a result of the summer rush for passports and industrial action by staff over pay cuts. Workers from the Passport Office undertook a work-to-rule action, when they only carried out the bare minimum of tasks in the workplace.
The Department of Foreign Affairs said there were now 24,057 applications in the system. Foreign Affairs Minister Micheal Martin said the restoration of the 10-day system offered the simplest and most practical means of renewing a passport.
"I want to thank the members of the public for their patience during the delays caused both by industrial action and an increase in demand for passports," Mr Martin said.