Saturday 17 March 2018

Most Irish passports ever issued in a year in 2016 and there is still a month to go

Anyone born on the island of Ireland is entitled to an Irish passport
Anyone born on the island of Ireland is entitled to an Irish passport
Daire Courtney

Daire Courtney

The Irish Passport Office have broken the record for the number of passports issued in a year with 700,000 so far in 2016.

The office revealed the new record in a tweet on Monday and stated that last year’s total, the previous record, was 669,806.

The increase is due at least in part to Brexit, with the number of UK citizens applying for Irish passports shooting up due to fears they may not be able to work in the EU with a British passport in future.

The increase of applications from Great Britain between 2015 and 2016 was around 20pc for the first half of the year, but shot up to 72.58pc in July and continued to increase to a point of 119.12pc in September.

The increase tapered off slightly but remained over 70 in October.

The total number of registrations for Irish passports between January and October went up by 12.27pc in 2016.

An Taoiseach Enda Kenny said in September said that he had received confirmation from the Irish Ambassador in Britain that the number of applications doubled over the summer months.

The passport office and the DFA have not yet released figures for November, but the total number will undoubtedly continue to grow during the busy holiday season.

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