Irish passports

Ireland set to issue a million passports in the wake of Brexit ‘self-harm’

Jen Offord

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The number of applications for Irish passports rose by 26% in the first quarter of 2017, compared to the previous year, it was reported on Monday (17 April). According to The Irish Times, the Irish government confirmed the increase which, if it sustains, will see one million applications made over the course of the year following the UK’s decision to exit the European Union.

The number of passport applications marked a sizeable increase on that of 2016, which was up by 9% on the year before in the comparatively small country, with a population of 4.76 million. Ireland’s Department of Foreign Affairs said there were a number of factors responsible for the increase, though a spokesperson for the department acknowledged the possible role of Brexit.