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The Passport Service have set up a Twitter for all your, eh, passport questions

Sure why not?

THE IRISH PASSPORT SERVICE has new Twitter account, and its there in case you have any questions about, well passports.

@PassportIRL was launched today by the Department of Foreign Affairs as officials also announced the hiring of temporary summer staff and a new rapid renewal service at the Cork Passport Office.

And in case you had any doubts that the Cork office is now accepting appointments for urgent passport related matters, they helpfully provided a photo of exactly how such an appointment with the friendly looking Leeside staff would go.

Seriously though, even Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore was happy about the increased service and wanted people to ensure that they have their travel papers in order before they book their some time abroad:

I encourage Irish citizens to check their passport expiry dates ahead of any holiday planning. The Passport Service offer a high level of customer care, but you can save time by being aware of the Passport Express system, and the appointments system at the offices in Dublin and Cork.

The Passport Express system Gilmore was referring are three different services that are available for people who need a passport quickly. These are one day, three-ten days and +10 days express options, details of which are available of the DFA website.

Emily and Jack

The Passport Service also revealed that they issued 631,186 passports last year with Jack and Emily the most popular names among under threes. There were 600 young Jacks given their Irish papers last year with 455 Emilys.

Those two letters certainly appear to be the most popular with Irish parents as the were closely followed by James and Emma.

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