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Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade Charlie Flanagan, TD during the launch of the new Passport Card at the Passport Office,Dublin. Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins

Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade Charlie Flanagan, TD during the launch of the new Passport Card at the Passport Office,Dublin. Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins

Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade Charlie Flanagan, TD during the launch of the new Passport Card at the Passport Office,Dublin. Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins

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.

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