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Second Passport Office employee released without charge

Two people were being questioned at garda stations as part of a criminal investigation into passport fraud.

GARDAÍ HAVE CONFIRMED this evening that the second employee from the Passport Office in Dublin who was being questioned as part of a criminal investigation, has now been released without charge.

A 30-year-old woman and a 30-year-old man were arrested yesterday as part of the investigation into passport fraud.

The garda investigation began in May when internal checks revealed irregularities in the way in which two passports were issued.

The two employees were being questioned at separate garda stations in Dublin. Earlier today the man was released from Balbriggan Garda Station without charge and gardaí have said the woman who was being questioned at the Ballymun station has also been released now.

Files are now being prepared for the Director of Public Prosecutions.

In a statement earlier today, the Department of Foreign Affairs said the Passport Service took the issue of passport fraud “very seriously” and had strengthened measures to identify and prevent potential fraud in recent years.

The Department said customer services provided by the Passport Office will not be impacted.

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