Thursday, 11 July 2019

Ceisteanna (120)

Niall Collins

Ceist:

120. Deputy Niall Collins asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade the number of persons 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. [30655/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Foreign)

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.

The following figures reflect the number of passport applications received through all channels for the years requested:  

Year

No. of applications received

2014 

 647,134

2015

 680,442

2016

 746,917

2017

 786,688

2018

 855,283

2019*

 567,141

* To 30 June 2019