Written answers

Tuesday, 26 February 2019

Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade

Passport Applications

Photo of Tom NevilleTom Neville (Limerick County, Fine Gael)
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92. To ask the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade the options available to a person (details supplied) to renew a passport; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [9158/19]

Photo of Ciarán CannonCiarán Cannon (Galway East, Fine Gael)
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As the Deputy will be aware, all passport applications are subject to the provisions of the Passports Acts 2008 (as amended). Before a passport can issue, the Passport Service must be satisfied as to the identity of the applicant and that he or she is an Irish citizen.

It appears from details provided by the Deputy that the person in question is not an Irish citizen and has never held an Irish passport. If this is the case, before the person can apply for an Irish passport they must first become an Irish citizen. If the person to whom the Deputy refers cannot claim Irish citizen through birth or descent, he may wish to consider applying for Irish citizenship through naturalisation. The naturalisation process comes under the remit of the Department of Justice and Equality. Following receipt of a naturalisation certificate, an application can be made for an Irish passport.

A first-time passport applicant can submit their application using Passport Express, a service available at all post offices, or by appointment at the Passport Service public counter at the offices in either Dublin or Cork. The fee for a passport for all adults is €80 through Passport Express or, if applying at the public counter, it is €95.


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