Sinn Féin Councillor Colly Kelly has welcomed the news that a dedicated briefing took place today for Oireachtas members from the Irish Passport Office management in Dublin,
Councillor Kelly has led a high profile campaign along with Senator Niall Ó Donnghaile for an office to be located in the North .
Councillor Kelly said
“It’s good news that the issue of Irish Passports are being kept high on the agenda. At this time of year there is a lot of pressure on elected representatives dealing with passport issues. For me it’s a no-brainer to a have an office in the north with it being located preferably here in Derry City”
Speaking from Leinster House today Seanadóir Ó Donnghaile said:
“There was no doubting the impressive nature of the statistics outlined by Passport Office staff at today’s briefing; they are dealing with a vast amount of applications and working hard to process them in as efficient a way as possible; while there will always be issues that need sorted, it’s worth acknowledging how improved the system and process has become.
“Today’s engagement was a useful exchange for Oireachtas members and staff and should be built upon moving forward.
“At the briefing I took the opportunity to remind them of the need for investment in services for the Six Counties given the sharp increase in applications there.
“I also asked management to ensure when developing communication and promotional strategies, that they do this very firmly on an all-Ireland basis, that they communicate better with citizens all across Ireland’s thirty two counties.
“And that they make it easier and more economically friendly, for those citizens outside of the state, to contact their existing offices before they get one of their own.”