March another record breaking month for Passport applications -Duddy

Speaking after yet another record-breaking month for passport applications from the North, Sinn Féin Councillor Sharon Duddy  has reiterated her call for the Irish government to invest in improving services across Ireland.

Speaking today she  said:

“March was yet another record-breaking month for Irish passport applications, with one-in-three applications coming from the North and Britain.

“In the first three months of this year, 58,000 passport applications came from the Six Counties.

“Figures released show more than 112,000 people applied for an Irish passport in March, the highest number ever in a single month.

“Statistics also show that applications from the North and Britain between January and March were up 71% and 103%.

“The Irish government must act to ease the evident burden on staff and meet the unprecedented demand where it emanates from. 

“Thousands of people have signed the online petition calling for the location of Passport Office facilities in the North. Since Brexit hundreds of thousands of people in the North have applied for Irish Passports and the government finally need to take their heads out of the sand, accept the reality of this growing demand and invest in this much needed service. 

“Citizens can no longer be left behind.”