Wednesday, 14 February 2018

Questions (96)

Mary Butler


96. Deputy Mary Butler asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade the status of a passport application by a person (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [7559/18]

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Written answers (Question to Foreign)

All passport applications are subject to the terms of the Passports Act, 2008 (“the Act”), which provides the legal basis for the policies and practices that are applied by the Passport Service.

Section 7 of the Act requires that the Minister be satisfied as to an individual’s identity before issuing an Irish passport to that person and authorises the Minister to request such information and documentary evidence as may be required to establish and verify an applicant’s identity. Appropriate photographic identification is one of the requirements in cases in which a person seeks to replace a lost, stolen or damaged passport. This and other requirements are necessary to protect the integrity of the Irish passport and protect against fraud and identity theft.

The Passport Service has confirmed that a passport application from the person in question has been received, requesting issue of a new passport to replace a lost passport. The applicant seeks issue of this passport in a new name, which differs both from the applicant’s birth name and also from the name in which the applicant was last issued with a passport. The Passport Service has advised the applicant of the documentation required to allow the matter to be considered. To date, the applicant has not supplied the required documentation.