Tuesday, 9 July 2019

Questions (131)

Catherine Murphy


131. Deputy Catherine Murphy asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade the number of passports issued since the Brexit referendum in the UK under criteria (details supplied) in respect of persons resident in Northern Ireland; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [29219/19]

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Written answers (Question to Foreign)

All passport applications are subject to the provisions of the Passports Act, 2008. The Passports Act provides, among other things, that a person must be an Irish citizen before a passport can be issued to him or her. Entitlement to Irish citizenship is governed by Irish law and in particular the Irish Nationality and Citizenship Act 1956, as amended, under which and in general, Irish citizenship may be obtained, inter alia, by birth on the island of Ireland to parents meeting specified requirements.

Since 23 June 2016, the number of passports issued to Irish citizens resident in Northern Ireland is 290,346.