Passport officials expect 1.1m British requests next year

Brexit sends Britons seeking Irish passports up 22 per cent in 2018

Brexit sends Britons seeking Irish passports up 22 per cent in 2018

Outside of the UK, New York was the next Irish consulate to have received the highest amount of passport applications.

The number of Brits applying for an Irish passport soared 22 per cent in the past year, at more than double the amount of annual applications than before the 2016 Brexit referendum.

Approximately 6m British people are eligible for an Irish passport, if they have been born in either Ireland or Northern Ireland, or have a parent or grandparent that is Irish.

Overall, there were 822,581 passports issued as of December 14, according to the Department of Foreign Affairs.

Officials predict that up to 300,000 additional passport applications may flood in if Britain leaves the European Union with no deal.

Of the 529,623 passports issued to adults, the oldest applicant was 99 years old.

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Fianna Fáil spokesman for foreign affairs, Niall Collins, previously said it would be "interesting to note the number of applications for Irish passports after the United Kingdom officially leaves the union at the end of March 2019".

During peak periods, the country's passport service accepted around 6,500 applications per day.

More than 7,000 passports were stolen or lost a year ago prompting Tanaiste Simon Coveney to warn citizens to take care with the "valuable" document.

Minister Simon Coveney said the total had risen since the Brexit vote in June 2016, adding that it was a "record breaking" year.

Coveney said: "The success of the online passport renewal service was recognised during the year at the CX Impact Awards, where it won the Impact in Digital award, and was ranked as the top Irish public sector organisation in terms of customer experience for the third year in a row".

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