EU border speculation fuels surge for Irish passports
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."