Tuesday, 23 July 2019

Questions (136)

Niamh Smyth

Question:

136. Deputy Niamh Smyth asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade the number of first-time applicants from Great Britain and Northern Ireland who applied for an Irish passport in each of the years 2014 to 2018 and to date in 2019, in tabular form; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [33605/19]

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The numbers of first-time passport applications received from applicants who were resident in Great Britain and Northern Ireland at the time of application for the years 2014 to 2018 and to date in 2019 are detailed in the following table.

Year

First-time applications from Great Britain

First-time applications from Northern Ireland

2014

5,672

18,067

2015

6,011

20,325

2016

18,263  

29,923

2017

31,675

40,089

2018

22,386

40,226

2019*

31,099 

47,645 

*to 30 June 2019

All passport applications are subject to the provisions of the Passports Act, 2008, as amended. 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.