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Editorial: Passports are a matter of huge concern

The use of false Irish passports by three of the alleged killers of a top Hamas official is a matter of huge concern. It did not appear that the gravity of the situation was reflected in the urgency of the response by the authorities here.

In Britain, Gordon Brown was quick off the mark to demand a full investigation into the use of faked British passports by suspects.

However, Foreign Affairs Minister Micheal Martin has now come out and said he is determined to maintain the good name of Irish passports. This is to be welcomed.

Let us hope the Garda probe successfully gets to the bottom of how the passport numbers were acquired, because such incidents puts the security of Irish citizens travelling overseas at risk.

This was a serious incident, deserving a top- level inquiry.