Tuesday, 9 October 2018

Ceisteanna (38)

Brian Stanley


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]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar 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.