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EU border speculation fuels surge for Irish passports

By Colm Kelpie

Published 13/09/2016

The Brexit vote has sparked a surge in interest in Irish passports
The Brexit vote has sparked a surge in interest in 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."

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