Tuesday, 26 November 2019

Ceisteanna (147)

Seán Haughey

Ceist:

147. Deputy Seán Haughey asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade the number of first-time passport applicants from Great Britain and Northern Ireland, respectively, in each of the years 2015 to 2018 and to date in 2019; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [49028/19]

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 2015 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

2015

6,011

20,325

2016

18,263  

29,923

2017

31,675

40,089

2018

39,287

40,226

2019*

45,750

59,740

* to 31 October 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.