Sinn Féin Councillor Sharon Duddy has urged people in the North West to ensure that if they need their Irish passport renewed or are making a fresh application to do it now as it’s anticipated with the chaos and uncertainty of Brexit that there will a surge in applications this year.
Councillor Duddy who recently called for an Irish passport office to be opened in the North said
“The demand for Irish Passports has shot through the roof with the chaos and uncertainty around Brexit. We advise people locally if you are applying for or reapplying for your passport to do so as early as possible.
“All of our offices in the city have passport forms in stock. Our elected representatives are also available if signatures are needed.
“We will shortly be coming into the busiest time of the year for passport renewals and it can take several weeks to get passport issues resolved .People may have to end up going to Dublin with documentation to ensure that they get their passport in time to travel .And there may be occasions that people will simply lose out on their holiday as there is no time to process the passport application.
“If you already have a passport we recommend reapplying online as it is a much faster process. (Only those who already have an Irish Passport can reapply online.)