Tuesday, 11 December 2018

Questions (124)

Kevin O'Keeffe

Question:

124. Deputy Kevin O'Keeffe asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade if a person (details supplied) in County Cork can avail of a three-year passport instead of a ten year passport [51982/18]

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Written answers (Question to Foreign)

The standard Irish passport issued to adults is valid for 10 years. Passports are not issued for periods of shorter duration except in cases where a passport of restricted validity is issued to facilitate emergency travel or because there are concerns regarding an individual having multiple lost or stolen passports. Given that the production cost of a passport is the same, irrespective of validity, and given that any shortfall in revenue or additional costs would have to be met by the taxpayer, there are no plans to offer the option of a passport with a shorter period of validity at a reduced cost.