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EU border speculation fuels surge for Irish passports

By Colm Kelpie

Irish passport applications from the UK more than doubled last month compared with the same period last year, as the post-Brexit interest in Irish citizenship continued.

Passport applications processed by the Irish Embassy in London last month jumped by more than 104% to 6,710.

Applications from Northern Ireland also rocketed by 80%. And Taoiseach Enda Kenny believes the surging interest will continue amid reports that the EU is considering new border arrangements for non-EU nationals, which could include the need for visitors to register online before travelling.

The proposals are modelled on what currently exists for travellers to the US from visa-waiver countries.

"That's going to mean a spike in applications for Irish passports," Mr Kenny told the Pat Kenny Show on Newstalk.

"The Irish Ambassador in Britain has confirmed to me a doubling of the numbers over the past couple of months."

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