Tuesday, 12 March 2019

Ceisteanna (62)

Niall Collins

Ceist:

62. Deputy Niall Collins asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade the number of persons from Great Britain and Northern Ireland who have applied for an Irish passport in each of the years 2014 to 2018 and to date in 2019; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [11595/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Foreign)

The Passport Service receives applications through a range of channels, including the online passport application service. The following figures reflect the numbers received through all channels in the years requested.

Year

Applications from Great Britain

Applications from Northern Ireland

2012

45,646

41,124

2013

42,441

44,122

2014

43,449

48,475

2015

47,603

54,026

2016

67,376

68,270

2017

83,115

83,363

2018

98,544

84,855

2019*

28,958

34,669

Figures include applications for both passport books and passport cards.

Please note that any application that requires further documents or clarification may be assigned a later date of registration when the new documents are received. Registration figures are therefore adjusted accordingly and, if such an adjustment takes place at the end of a calendar year, can result in an application being re-assigned to the subsequent year. This explanation will account for variations between the figures provided here and elsewhere, for example, in the response given to PQ 48253/18 which gave the figure of 85,180 applications received from Northern Ireland, as of 31 October 2018.

*Figures are from 1 January to 28 February 2019.