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Dáil Éireann Debate, Tuesday - 28 September 2021

Tuesday, 28 September 2021

Ceisteanna (416)

Michael Ring

Ceist:

416. Deputy Michael Ring asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs the number of passport applications received by the passport office on a monthly basis from January 2020 to August 2021, in tabular form; if the applications were online, through the post or through an embassy and so on; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [46560/21]

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Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Foreign)

The number of passport applications received by the passport office on a monthly basis from January 2020 to August 2021, is set out in tabular form below.

2020

Applications from Overseas Mission

Online Applications

Paper Applications

Total Monthly Applications

January

5,229

59,486

25,433

90,148

February

5,155

50,651

25,340

81,146

March

3,622

27,595

15,662

46,879

April

56

11,334

3

11,393

May

538

12,782

119

13,439

June

1,334

32,505

1,682

35,521

July

1,764

29,490

1,227

32,481

August

1,339

21,548

3,843

26,730

September

1,417

21,474

4,420

27,311

October

846

18,537

3,009

22,392

November

134

16,071

38

16,243

December

1,671

20,751

1,473

23,895

2021

January

40

24,943

25

25,008

February

35

20,577

203

20,815

March

135

30,671

446

31,252

April

257

36,594

489

37,340

May

764

68,227

211

69,202

June

1,786

64,605

304

66,695

July

731

67,117

3,066

70,914

August

419

74,768

6,904

82,091

Total

27,272

709,726

93,897

830,895

Since 2016, there has been an ongoing process of reform within the Passport Service, that has delivered a number of high profile and successful improvements for citizens at home and abroad who rely on this service. This includes the facility for online applications.

In 2019, online applications accounted for 47% of all applications received. The Online Service was enhanced at the end of 2019 to facilitate first time applicants, both children and adults, in Ireland, Northern Ireland, Great Britain and Europe. This has been further expanded this year to facilitate first time applicants in Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the USA. All Irish citizens, including children, can use the online system to renew their passports from anywhere in the world.

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