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#Passports

# passports - Thursday 30 June, 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 11,777 Views 17 Comments

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

# passports - Thursday 2 June, 2022

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 19,958 Views 7 Comments

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

# passports - Tuesday 31 May, 2022

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 19,480 Views 20 Comments

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

# passports - Tuesday 24 May, 2022

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 17,100 Views 19 Comments

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

# passports - Thursday 7 April, 2022

'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 25,874 Views 16 Comments

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

# passports - Saturday 18 December, 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 14,735 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.

# passports - Monday 6 December, 2021

'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 27,394 Views 10 Comments

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

# passports - Tuesday 18 May, 2021

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 54,315 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.

# passports - Thursday 29 April, 2021

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 39,473 Views 59 Comments

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

# passports - Sunday 11 April, 2021

'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 114,561 Views 95 Comments

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

# passports - Friday 12 March, 2021

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 64,961 Views 77 Comments

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

# passports - Friday 5 March, 2021

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 74,846 Views 97 Comments

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

# passports - Friday 19 February, 2021

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 52,298 Views 0 Comments

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

# passports - Monday 28 December, 2020

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 18,640 Views 14 Comments

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

# passports - Tuesday 24 September, 2019

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 8,614 Views 17 Comments

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

# passports - Wednesday 18 September, 2019

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 24,753 Views 50 Comments

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

# passports - Wednesday 19 June, 2019

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 24,501 Views 66 Comments

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

# passports - Monday 22 April, 2019

€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 36,106 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.

# passports - Saturday 6 April, 2019

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 22,996 Views 37 Comments

The change came into effect from 30 March.

# passports - Saturday 16 March, 2019

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 17,126 Views 42 Comments

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

# passports - Sunday 27 January, 2019

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 19,996 Views 32 Comments

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

# passports - Sunday 20 January, 2019

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 29,970 Views 21 Comments

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

# passports - Saturday 5 January, 2019

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 27,335 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.

# passports - Wednesday 2 January, 2019

'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 30,633 Views 94 Comments

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

# passports - Sunday 18 November, 2018

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 22,788 Views 29 Comments

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

# passports - Saturday 13 October, 2018

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 16,846 Views 8 Comments

Significant improvements are planned at the Passport Office.

# passports - Friday 24 August, 2018

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 24,506 Views 42 Comments

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

# passports - Tuesday 21 August, 2018

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 17,818 Views 9 Comments

Two men were arrested in connection with the investigation.

# passports - Monday 6 August, 2018

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 34,364 Views 62 Comments

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

# passports - Sunday 8 July, 2018

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 14,365 Views 37 Comments

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

# passports - Saturday 23 June, 2018

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 10,976 Views 8 Comments

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

# passports - Thursday 21 June, 2018

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 57,335 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.

# passports - Tuesday 29 May, 2018

'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 86,601 Views 61 Comments

Megan Crowley lives in Belfast and has two young daughters.

# passports - Monday 28 May, 2018

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 22,937 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.

# passports - Tuesday 20 February, 2018

'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 24,327 Views 43 Comments

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

# passports - Tuesday 16 January, 2018

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 16,030 Views 46 Comments

Demand from the UK has reached record levels.

# passports - Friday 29 December, 2017

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 12,069 Views 28 Comments

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

# passports - Friday 22 December, 2017

'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 26,897 Views 112 Comments

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

# passports - Wednesday 6 December, 2017

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 17,073 Views 62 Comments

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

# passports - Thursday 30 November, 2017

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 27,366 Views 69 Comments

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

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