Sinn Féin has called on the public to ensure they submit their application for an Irish passport well in advance of the upcoming holiday season following the revelation that there is currently a backlog of almost fifty thousand applications being processed through the system.
Speaking today Councillor Kelly commented:
“Given the latest revelation about the scale of applications currently being processed by the Passport Office I would encourage people in Derry and Donegal planning on travelling, particularly families ahead of the summer season, to submit their applications without undue delay.
“These figures also strengthen the case for the Irish Government to invest in additional resources for our Passport Office services in order to ease the burden on the first class and diligent staff.
“It is my long established view that it makes most sense and would most improve service infrastructure and delivery if this new facility was located in the North.”