I propose to take Questions Nos. 49 to 52, inclusive, together.
There were approximately 4,695,000 Irish passports in circulation, in date, and valid on 21 October 2013. The Passports Act 2008 requires that before issuing a passport to a person, the Passport Service must be satisfied that the applicant is an Irish citizen. An Irish citizen is defined in the Act as a person who:
- is an Irish citizen under the Irish Nationality and Citizenship Acts 1956 to 2004; or
- acquires Irish citizenship under those Acts or any other enactment.
The Passport Service technology system does not record "address" information in the structured format necessary to facilitate the production of management information in relation to place of residency etc. The availability of this information would require a fundamental redesign of the system, which could not be cost justified for this facility alone. This matter will be addressed in the context of any major system changes which may emerge in the future.
Additionally as passports are issued for a ten year period it would not be unusual for people to change address a number of times over this period, information which is not provided to the Passport Service.