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Tuesday 30 May 2023 Dublin: 16°C

# Passport

Last year
# scott knight
Suspended jail sentence for man who tried to get passport under a fake name
Scott Knight made full admissions when he was arrested in 2021.
# How's the form?
Passport Office to increase staff and tweak child application process in response to surge
The requirement for children to get parental consent forms witnessed by gardaí has been an issue.
# Passports
Almost 60,000 children's passport applications remain outstanding, says Dept of Foreign Affairs
Foreign Affairs Minister Simon Coveney said that there had been over 500,000 passports issued in 2022 so far.
# passport delays
Passport Express renamed Post Passport ‘to better reflect slower turnaround time’
Tánaiste Leo Varadkar told the Fine Gael parliamentary party meeting that passport delays were a serious issue.
# Iran
Detained British-Iranian mother Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe gets passport back
Zaghari-Ratcliffe has been detained in Iran since her arrest in 2016.
All time
# Gender neutral passport
US introduces gender neutral option for passports
At least 11 other countries provide an ‘X’ or ‘other’ option for gender on passports
# High Court
High Court challenge brought over passport for boy born through surrogacy abroad
In 2017 an application was made to the Minister for Foreign Affairs on the boy’s behalf for an Irish passport.
# problems
Ronaldinho released from Paraguay detention after five months
Judge Gustavo Amarilla also released the star’s brother Roberto de Assis Moreira
# travel abroad
Processing of online passport applications will resume next week
Tánaiste Simon Coveney said the Passport Office processed 6,000 applications during the Covid-19 emergency.
# Record Breaking
It's been another 'bumper' year for Irish passport applications, up 7% on 2018
The oldest online Irish passport applicant was 101, and the youngest was five days old.
FactCheck: Did Arlene Foster bring an Irish passport to the polling station?
The claim has been circulating around Twitter and Facebook with a close-up image of the burgundy passport.
# Passport Service
Passport Service 'closing down avenues' of fraud with over 300 passports revoked since 2016
The Passport Service has invested “substantial resources” in tackling fraud since 2017.
# Passport Office
Making PSC mandatory for all passport applications would have meant 'significantly' longer waiting times
The Department of Foreign Affairs was unwilling to make it a requirement.
# Translink
Cross-border travellers face 'racial profiling', says human rights group
A group has lodged an equality complaint over cross-border immigration checks.
# Travel plans
More than 230,000 people have applied for Irish passports so far this year
Over 5,000 people are expected to apply this weekend.
# Citizen Roux
'I'm an Irish citizen now... I felt I had been accepted a long time ago'
Connacht lock Quinn Roux and his wife, Rentus, love life in Galway.
# Travelling
Lose a passport abroad? Getting temporary documents will now be easier
Meanwhile, a €12 million contract to provide a passport processing system in Ireland is being put out to tender.
# fast-tracking
Leas Ceann Comhairle makes 'no apologies' for assisting constituents to get passports
Simon Coveney recently criticised TDs who use their offices for getting passports for constituents.
# EU passports
The post-Brexit Irish passport boom in Britain is not slowing down
Applications for Irish passports in Britain and Northern Ireland made up 22% of all Irish passport applications in 2018.
# better faster stronger
Renewing your passport online is now 'faster, easier' and €5 cheaper
The updated service means that citizens can renew their passports online from anywhere in the world.
# Complaints
Lost documents and damaged marriage certs: The things that get people angry at the Passport Office
In the first six months of this year, the office received more than 500,000 applications.
# Brexit
Number of British descendents of WWII refugees applying for German passports has soared
The number has grown 40-fold since 2016.
# Passport Office
Parents to be able to renew their children's passports online by end of the year
Significant improvements are planned at the Passport Office.
# Frustrated
'I am not happy about this situation' - Chelsea boss Sarri says Willian's late return is 'strange'
After their friendly defeat to Arsenal in Dublin, Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri revealed his frustration at the Brazilian star’s delayed return.
# Holiday Plans
A missed wedding and missed phone calls: Passport Office apologises for delays
It is “a matter of immense frustration” for staff that it’s taking longer than planned to process some applications, the Public Accounts Committee has been told.
# Logjam
People urged to renew their passports online as seasonal surge leads to significant delays
The passport service has hired more than 200 extra staff to deal with the backlog.
# Consumer
Dublin dad says family holiday in jeopardy due to 'misinformation' and delays getting baby's passport
Neil Curran says he was told different things by An Post and Passport Service.
# Jet Setting
70,000 passport applications outstanding - and staff numbers have almost doubled to handle backlog
Last year saw a record-breaking number of passport applications.
# fear
Dozens of Venezuelans 'stranded in Ireland' as Maduro's government fails to issue new passports
Thousands of Venezuelans across the world have been waiting on new passports for over a year.
# record year
20% of Irish passports issued this year were for people in Northern Ireland and Great Britain
Ths year saw the highest number of Irish passports ever issued in one year.
# factcheck
FactCheck: Was the burgundy passport 'enforced' on Britain when it joined the EU?
Today the Conservative Party said the UK’s exit from the EU gives it an opportunity to restore its national identity.
# Late Late Show
Ibrahim Halawa: I didn't rip up my passport and I don't support Muslim Brotherhood
Appearing on the Late Late Show, Halawa – who spent over four years incarcerated in an Egyptian prison without being properly tried – denied having any support for the ousted Muslim Brotherhood.
'Have you tried actually applying for something with the Public Services Card? It's a painful experience'
It’s hard to think of one way that the expansion of the card is making life easier for citizens.
# citizenship
An Irish woman in a same-sex marriage has two little girls - but only one can get an Irish passport
It’s down to what’s written on their birth certs.
# wherefore art thou
It's his baby, so where on earth is Paschal Donohoe on the PSC?
Minister for Public Expenditure Paschal Donohoe is as culpable as anyone when it comes to the furore surrounding the Public Services Card. So why is he keeping such a low profile?
# Mandatory
You'll soon need a public services card to renew your passport
Concerns have been raised about the card, with some critics maintaining it equates to an identity card “by stealth”.
# internet machine
'No unnecessary journeys' - People urged to renew passports online rather than trekking to a Garda station
An online renewal facility for passports has been in place since March.
# increased demand
Over 500,000 passports issued in the first half of 2017
That’s a 10% increase on applications compared to last year.
# Your Say
Poll: How many countries have you visited?
Home bird or travel addict?
# get it in early
Concern in Passport Office as 66,000 applications outstanding (and the number's growing)
The number of applications outstanding has been consistently on the rise in recent times in the wake of the Brexit vote.