Tuesday, 23 July 2019

Questions (134)

Fiona O'Loughlin


134. Deputy Fiona O'Loughlin asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade if the contract for the passport express service with An Post will be renewed when the current contract expires; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [33351/19]

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Written answers (Question to Foreign)

The Passport Express service provides an option for citizens to submit their passport application through the network of more than 1,000 post offices across the State.  All types of Passport Application, both renewal and first-time applications, can be made via the Passport Express Service.

The Passport Service is committed to continue to offer a range of application channels, including an offline service for citizens who are not eligible or do not wish to use the Online Passport service. In parallel to the expansion of the online service to all application types, the Passport Service expects to issue a tender during 2020 for a nationwide network of agents to continue to provide such an offline service.