Written Answers. - Passports Withdrawal.

Tom Enright

Question:

43 Mr. Enright asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs the number of Irish passports withdrawn by his Department in 1980 from Irish citizens who held Irish passports and who were resident in Southern Rhodesia during this period; the categories of people from whom Irish passports and Irish citizenship was withdrawn at that time; and the plans or proposals, if any, he has to restore Irish passports to former Irish citizens who had their passports and Irish citizenship withdrawn. [22031/98]

Tom Enright

Question:

58 Mr. Enright asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs the number of Irish passports withdrawn by his Department during the period 1975 to 1980 from Irish citizens who held Irish passports and who were resident in Southern Rhodesia during this period; the categories of people from whom Irish passports and Irish citizenship was withdrawn at that time; and the plans or proposals, if any, he has to restore Irish passports to former Irish citizens who had their passports and Irish citizenship withdrawn. [22032/98]

I propose to take Questions Nos. 43 and 58 together.

In my reply to Questions Nos. 181 and 182 on Tuesday, 3 November 1998 I outlined the circumstances under which new passports were not issued to Irish citizens for emigration to Southern Rhodesia nor to those of our citizens residing in Southern Rhodesia during the period 29 May 1968 to 21 December 1979 when mandatory UN sanctions were imposed on the illegal regime there. Since those restrictions were lifted, people who were affected have been able to avail of Irish passport facilities in the same way as Irish citizens generally.

The Deputy has since provided the Passport Office with the name of the person on whose behalf these questions were asked. Passport Office records indicate that he was one of those to whom new passports were refused during the period the UN sanctions were in force and who was entitled to avail of passport facilities once the sanctions were lifted.

If the person in question wishes to apply for a new Irish passport he may do so by submitting a completed passport application to the Passport Office in Cork, which deals with applications from persons residing in Munster.