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#Passports

# passports - This year 2022

Nearly fivefold increase in the number of complaints to the Passport Office this year
# Delays
# Delays

Nearly fivefold increase in the number of complaints to the Passport Office this year

Jun 30th 2022, 5:38 PM 11,795 Views 17 Comments

Complaints relate to the long delays as well as citizenship issues.

Passport Office to increase staff and tweak child application process in response to surge
# How's The Form?
# How's The Form?

Passport Office to increase staff and tweak child application process in response to surge

Jun 2nd 2022, 11:44 AM 19,996 Views 7 Comments

The requirement for children to get parental consent forms witnessed by gardaí has been an issue.

Almost 60,000 children's passport applications remain outstanding, says Dept of Foreign Affairs
# Passports
# Passports

Almost 60,000 children's passport applications remain outstanding, says Dept of Foreign Affairs

May 31st 2022, 7:30 PM 19,488 Views 20 Comments

Foreign Affairs Minister Simon Coveney said that there had been over 500,000 passports issued in 2022 so far.

Passport Office 'upscaling' to respond to massive increase in demand, says Coveney
# Delays
# Delays

Passport Office 'upscaling' to respond to massive increase in demand, says Coveney

May 24th 2022, 5:35 PM 17,111 Views 19 Comments

Last month, 170,000 passports went out successfully, said Minister Simon Coveney.

'Significant delays' in processing new passports caused by a surge in demand
# Passport Delays
# Passport Delays

'Significant delays' in processing new passports caused by a surge in demand

Apr 7th 2022, 4:52 PM 25,894 Views 16 Comments

First-time passport applications and children’s passports, particularly for foreign-born children are seeing the longest delays.

# passports - Last year 2021

Taliban government resumes issuing Afghan passports in Kabul
# Afghanistan
# Afghanistan

Taliban government resumes issuing Afghan passports in Kabul

Dec 18th 2021, 2:41 PM 14,746 Views 11 Comments

The international community has so far not recognised the present Taliban government that was formed soon after the chaotic withdrawal of US-led foreign troops.

'Pent-up demand' could see a record 1.75m passport applications to process next year
# Passports
# Passports

'Pent-up demand' could see a record 1.75m passport applications to process next year

Dec 6th 2021, 3:48 PM 27,408 Views 10 Comments

The number of passports has never even reached 1 million in a year before.

Woman's passport renewal in limbo after a five-month Covid delay, a tech glitch and 'no one to help'
# Passport Office
# Passport Office

Woman's passport renewal in limbo after a five-month Covid delay, a tech glitch and 'no one to help'

May 18th 2021, 3:15 PM 54,334 Views 46 Comments

The Galway woman is planning to leave the country next month, and has waited five months for her 10-year-old son’s passport to be renewed.

Cabinet to consider making Passport Office an essential service amid backlog of 90,000 requests
# Minister For Foreign Affairs
# Minister For Foreign Affairs

Cabinet to consider making Passport Office an essential service amid backlog of 90,000 requests

Apr 29th 2021, 9:00 AM 39,497 Views 59 Comments

About a third of the Passport Office staff are currently working on site.

'Enough is enough now - I need my passport back': Months of frustration as Passport Office backlog stands at 83,000
# Level 5
# Level 5

'Enough is enough now - I need my passport back': Months of frustration as Passport Office backlog stands at 83,000

Apr 11th 2021, 12:05 AM 114,633 Views 95 Comments

Applicants who submitted documents as far back as November and December are still waiting to get them back.

Passport Office to begin processing some applications as categories of 'reasonable excuses' for travel expanded
# Level 5
# Level 5

Passport Office to begin processing some applications as categories of 'reasonable excuses' for travel expanded

Mar 12th 2021, 2:21 PM 64,972 Views 77 Comments

People have expressed their frustration at having to wait since Christmas for their passport application to be processed.

Passport Office unable to say when people who sent their passport in pre-lockdown will get it back
# Level 5
# Level 5

Passport Office unable to say when people who sent their passport in pre-lockdown will get it back

Mar 5th 2021, 12:05 AM 74,861 Views 97 Comments

The Passport Office has said it won’t resume normal service until the end of Level 5 restrictions.

Department of Foreign Affairs dismisses worker for issuing fraudulent passports after five-year paid suspension
# Passports
# Passports

Department of Foreign Affairs dismisses worker for issuing fraudulent passports after five-year paid suspension

Feb 19th 2021, 3:06 PM 52,314 Views 0 Comments

The worker was eventually dismissed in December 2019 after the suspension.

# passports - All time

Number of Irish passports issued this year fell by 60%
# Department Of Foreign Affairs
# Department Of Foreign Affairs

Number of Irish passports issued this year fell by 60%

Dec 28th 2020, 6:10 AM 18,652 Views 14 Comments

The most popular baby girls’ names were Olivia, Mia and Saoirse, while Noah, Adam and Cillian topped the baby boys’ list.

Making PSC mandatory for all passport applications would have meant 'significantly' longer waiting times
# Passport Office
# Passport Office

Making PSC mandatory for all passport applications would have meant 'significantly' longer waiting times

Sep 24th 2019, 6:00 AM 8,617 Views 17 Comments

The Department of Foreign Affairs was unwilling to make it a requirement.

Public Services Card no longer needed to apply for a passport
# PSC
# PSC

Public Services Card no longer needed to apply for a passport

Updated Sep 18th 2019, 4:42 PM 24,816 Views 50 Comments

The Taoiseach says the Data Commissioner has declined to meet with Minister Doherty.

Over half a million people have applied for Irish passports so far this year
# Brexit
# Brexit

Over half a million people have applied for Irish passports so far this year

Jun 19th 2019, 6:15 AM 24,514 Views 66 Comments

The Passport Office has been receiving more than 100,000 applications each month.

€13 million contract for new IT system and 230 new staff as Passport Service aims to cope with demand
# Handle The Pressure
# Handle The Pressure

€13 million contract for new IT system and 230 new staff as Passport Service aims to cope with demand

Apr 22nd 2019, 6:30 AM 36,110 Views 24 Comments

It comes as part of the passport reform programme and, despite the rise in complaints in recent years, Coveney is confident it’ll make a difference.

British passports are now being issued without the words 'European Union'
# Brexit
# Brexit

British passports are now being issued without the words 'European Union'

Apr 6th 2019, 12:09 PM 23,016 Views 37 Comments

The change came into effect from 30 March.

More than 230,000 people have applied for Irish passports so far this year
# Travel Plans
# Travel Plans

More than 230,000 people have applied for Irish passports so far this year

Mar 16th 2019, 11:50 AM 17,131 Views 42 Comments

Over 5,000 people are expected to apply this weekend.

Number of complaints against Passport Service increases almost fivefold in two years
# Turnaround Times
# Turnaround Times

Number of complaints against Passport Service increases almost fivefold in two years

Jan 27th 2019, 7:30 AM 20,000 Views 32 Comments

Coveney has previously said the Passport Office experienced some “real problems” last year.

Travel Identity cards and Free State passports: how Irish people travelled to the UK before free movement
# Common Travel Area
# Common Travel Area

Travel Identity cards and Free State passports: how Irish people travelled to the UK before free movement

Jan 20th 2019, 10:00 AM 30,005 Views 21 Comments

The two countries have enjoyed free movement between them since 1952.

Tánaiste says TDs using their offices for passport deliveries is 'unhelpful'
# CONSTITUENTS
# CONSTITUENTS

Tánaiste says TDs using their offices for passport deliveries is 'unhelpful'

Jan 5th 2019, 8:57 PM 27,341 Views 28 Comments

Coveney insisted it is not quicker for people to go through their TD compared with applying online or through the normal channels.

'A recovery for whom?': Government slammed for refusal to reintroduce free passport for pensioners
# Austerity Measure
# Austerity Measure

'A recovery for whom?': Government slammed for refusal to reintroduce free passport for pensioners

Jan 2nd 2019, 11:00 PM 30,744 Views 94 Comments

Free passports for pensioners were done away with under austerity measures, but there are calls now to bring it back.

Irish passports issued to UK increase, while numbers fall in France, Germany and Spain
# Golden Ticket
# Golden Ticket

Irish passports issued to UK increase, while numbers fall in France, Germany and Spain

Nov 18th 2018, 12:05 AM 22,802 Views 29 Comments

There’s been a huge jump in passport applications from Northern Ireland since Brexit.

Parents to be able to renew their children's passports online by end of the year
# Passport Office
# Passport Office

Parents to be able to renew their children's passports online by end of the year

Oct 13th 2018, 7:15 AM 16,849 Views 8 Comments

Significant improvements are planned at the Passport Office.

Venezuelans rush to Peru to beat passport deadline as mass exodus continues
# Crisis
# Crisis

Venezuelans rush to Peru to beat passport deadline as mass exodus continues

Aug 24th 2018, 8:30 PM 24,507 Views 42 Comments

Local churches have been handing out food to the weary and hungry migrants as they wait.

Drugs, cash, and fake passports seized in Dublin raid
# Coombe
# Coombe

Drugs, cash, and fake passports seized in Dublin raid

Aug 21st 2018, 4:55 PM 17,822 Views 9 Comments

Two men were arrested in connection with the investigation.

A post office on the border has seen a 15 fold increase in passport requests from Northern Ireland citizens
# Pettigo Post Office
# Pettigo Post Office

A post office on the border has seen a 15 fold increase in passport requests from Northern Ireland citizens

Aug 6th 2018, 9:00 PM 34,371 Views 62 Comments

Pettigo is the only town on the island of Ireland that’s split down the middle by the UK-Irish border.

TDs inundated with requests for passports due to the summer backlog
# Summer Peak
# Summer Peak

TDs inundated with requests for passports due to the summer backlog

Jul 8th 2018, 7:30 AM 14,366 Views 37 Comments

TDs can make representations to the Passport Office on behalf of distressed constituents whose passport applications are taking longer than expected.

How many passport applications took up to eight weeks to process? It's the week in numbers
# Prime Numbers
# Prime Numbers

How many passport applications took up to eight weeks to process? It's the week in numbers

Jun 23rd 2018, 7:00 PM 10,977 Views 8 Comments

Plus: The number of people affected by sex trafficking that Ruhama supported last year.

A missed wedding and missed phone calls: Passport Office apologises for delays
# Holiday Plans
# Holiday Plans

A missed wedding and missed phone calls: Passport Office apologises for delays

Jun 21st 2018, 10:23 AM 57,348 Views 84 Comments

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.

'I surpass any requirements for a passport' - Mother faces being split from children in citizenship wrangle
# Passports
# Passports

'I surpass any requirements for a passport' - Mother faces being split from children in citizenship wrangle

May 29th 2018, 12:05 AM 86,606 Views 61 Comments

Megan Crowley lives in Belfast and has two young daughters.

Politicians made nearly 5,000 representations to the Passport Office on behalf of their constituents
# Passports
# Passports

Politicians made nearly 5,000 representations to the Passport Office on behalf of their constituents

May 28th 2018, 12:05 AM 22,940 Views 25 Comments

Five TDs – including a minister – made over 100 representations to the Passport Office on behalf of individuals in the last two years.

'I felt totally lost': Department in u-turn over decision to deny Venezuelan man a Public Services Card
# Venezuela
# Venezuela

'I felt totally lost': Department in u-turn over decision to deny Venezuelan man a Public Services Card

Feb 20th 2018, 12:05 AM 24,345 Views 43 Comments

He was denied a PSC as a result of having an expired passport due to Venezuela’s printing shortage crisis.

More people now want Irish passports in Britain than the North
# Brexit Demand
# Brexit Demand

More people now want Irish passports in Britain than the North

Jan 16th 2018, 5:09 PM 16,031 Views 46 Comments

Demand from the UK has reached record levels.

20% of Irish passports issued this year were for people in Northern Ireland and Great Britain
# Record Year
# Record Year

20% of Irish passports issued this year were for people in Northern Ireland and Great Britain

Dec 29th 2017, 1:55 PM 12,073 Views 28 Comments

Ths year saw the highest number of Irish passports ever issued in one year.

'Stunning Brexit victory': The Sun claims credit for UK passports becoming blue again
# Sun Wot Won It
# Sun Wot Won It

'Stunning Brexit victory': The Sun claims credit for UK passports becoming blue again

Dec 22nd 2017, 8:54 AM 26,902 Views 112 Comments

In its story announcing the news, The Sun said that the UK government had agreed to its demands.

Some migrants left in limbo in Ireland over struggle to prove their identity
# Passport Problems
# Passport Problems

Some migrants left in limbo in Ireland over struggle to prove their identity

Dec 6th 2017, 12:05 AM 17,089 Views 62 Comments

Ireland’s immigration authorities face difficulties processing migrants because of handwritten passports and translation gaps.

Electronic passport machines are coming into service in Dublin Airport today
# E-Gates
# E-Gates

Electronic passport machines are coming into service in Dublin Airport today

Nov 30th 2017, 9:52 AM 27,385 Views 69 Comments

The gates will use facial recognition to make sure the passenger matches their passport.

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