LENGTHY summer queues at the Passport Office could be a thing of the past, as officials consider rolling out a new appointment system.
A pilot scheme at the Molesworth Street office in Dublin over the past three months saw an average of 135 appointments made each working day.
The scheme is intended to cut waiting times for people who need a new passport at short notice. Previously, they had to queue for hours to see a passport official.
"For those travelling in three to 10 days, these appointments are made on the same day. So members of the public no longer have to wait for an unknown period but can leave the office and return at the appointed time," said a spokesman for the Department of Foreign Affairs.