Record figures reiterate need for passport office in the north – Burke

Sinn Féin Councillor Tina Burke has reiterated her party’s call for the Irish government to invest in improving passport office services across Ireland.

She was speaking after figures released show that over half a million people have applied for Irish passports already this year.

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 that the Passport Office has received more than 100,000 applications each month.

“Since Brexit hundreds of thousands of people in the North have applied for Irish passports with the demand from Britain also up.

“Thousands of people have signed an online petition calling for the location of Passport Office facilities in the North.

“It’s time the Irish government finally took their heads out of the sand, accept the reality of this growing demand and plan for adequate provision, services and infrastructure across all of Ireland.”