Written answers

Thursday, 27 January 2011

Department of Foreign Affairs

Passport Applications

2:00 pm

Photo of Bernard DurkanBernard Durkan (Kildare North, Fine Gael)
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Question 87: To ask the Minister for Foreign Affairs the requirements for issue of a passport in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Kildare whose certification of naturalisation was issued on foot of sworn affidavit in lieu of birth certificate but whose passport seems to be dependent on a birth certification which is not available; if he will set out any further requirements in this regard; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [4372/11]

Photo of Brian CowenBrian Cowen (Taoiseach; Acting Minister, Department of Foreign Affairs; Laois-Offaly, Fianna Fail)
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On 21 January, 2011, the applicant wrote to the Department to cancel his application. This has been done and passport fee is being refunded. The Passports Act, 2008 requires, inter alia, that before issuing a passport to a person, the Minister for Foreign Affairs shall be satisfied as to the identity of the person. Documentary proofs in respect of identity are required for all passport applications. These requirements, which are rigorously pursued, are outlined in the passport application form notes that accompany each application form. Details are also available on the Department's website.

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