Budget 2016: €5m set aside to move the Passport Office
FOREIGN Affairs Minister Charlie Flanagan has been given an extra €5m in today’s Budget for the relocation of the Passport Office in Dublin.
The funding will also provide for additional staff in the new office to help deal with increasing demand for passports.
A senior Government source said the Passport Office is currently at “breaking point” due to a staffing shortfall.
The office will be moved from a building on Molesworth Street to a new site on Mount St.
Separately, Independent.ie can reveal Arts Minister Heather Humphreys has received €18m the 1916 Easter Rising commemorations.
Ms Humphreys’ total budget will be €20m.
It can also be confirmed the Family Income Support threshold will rise by €5 for one child family and €10 for families with two children #Budget16.