Press Release 04-04-2018
Independent TD Mattie McGrath has called on the Minister for Foreign Affairs, Simon Coveney, to urgently prioritise passport applications from Irish citizens who are resident within the state. Deputy McGrath was speaking as frustration continues to mount at the severe processing backlog within the passport system:
“While I accept that there has been higher than usual demand for passports and that the adverse weather conditions have slowed things down, the fact remains that thousands of Irish families are being left seriously inconvenienced and out of pocket due to the delays within the system.
As I understand it there have already been almost 22 thousand passport applications from the UK, which is a direct result of Brexit and next year’s deadline for full UK withdrawal from the EU.
A knock on consequence of this is that families here are having entire holiday and travel plans up-ended because there is no system in place to classify differing levels of priority.
Many of the families and individuals who are inundating my office simply cannot understand why their applications are not being granted when a short turnaround time is desperately needed.
Brexit is still some way off so it only makes sense to reduce the urgency in processing those applications and concentrate our resources on the passports that are required in the short term.
I am appealing to the Minister to direct the passport service to at least consider taking these actions before the summer rush is upon us and the backlog increases exponentially,” concluded Deputy McGrath.