Tuesday, 2 July 2013

Questions (153)

Michael Lowry

Question:

153. Deputy Michael Lowry asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade the position regarding a second business passport application in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Tipperary; the reason for the delay in issuing a decision in this case; when a decision will issue in this case; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [31563/13]

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Written answers (Question to Foreign)

The Passport Service may in limited circumstances issue an additional passport in accordance with the terms of the Passports Act, 2008 to a citizen where business, frequent travel or particular visa requirements make it necessary to hold a second travel document. A passport application for such business purposes was lodged with the Passport Service 2nd January 2013 by the person in question. The documentation submitted did not meet the criteria for a business passport. In order to verify the basis of applicant’s need for a business passport, the Passport Service has been in contact with his employer and requested under section 7(2) of the Act additional information in order to finalise the application. Unfortunately, no response has been received by the Passport Service in this matter. In light of this, the Passport Service will be writing to the applicant to inform him of this shortcoming in his application.