Thursday, 17 October 2019

Ceisteanna (76)

Niamh Smyth

Ceist:

76. 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 from 2014 to date in 2019, in tabular form; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [42705/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Foreign)

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

 39,287

 40,226

 2019*

 40,960

 57,572

 * to 30 September 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.