Tuesday, 9 October 2018

Questions (38)

Brian Stanley

Question:

38. Deputy Brian Stanley asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade if the standard fee for passports for persons who have been employed and self-employed for over four decades here will be waived; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [40987/18]

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Written answers (Question to Foreign)

The cost of the standard ten year adult Irish passport compares favourably with many other jurisdictions. At a cost of €80, which breaks down to €8 per year, the Irish passport fee compares with approximately €8.60 per year for a British passport, €8.60 per year for a French passport, €9.60 per year for renewal of an American passport and €17.20 per year for an Australian passport.

Given that any shortfall in revenue or additional costs would have to be met by the taxpayer, I do not have any plans at this time to reduce the application fee for any category of adult passport.