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Huge surge in Irish passport applications after Brexit vote

By Staff Reporter

Published 06/08/2016

There's been a sharp rise in Irish passport applications
There's been a sharp rise in Irish passport applications

Applications for Irish passports from Northern Ireland residents hit a record figure of 6,600 in July following the Brexit decision in the UK's EU referendum.

The figure is 63% up on the same period in 2015, when the Irish passport application total reached 4,000.

And applications for Irish passports from people living in Great Britain also increased year on year in July, with a 73% rise being recorded.

The Irish Embassy in London and the Irish Passport Office were flooded with applications, as people who wanted to hold on to their EU citizenship in the event of the UK leaving the EU were galvanised into action by the referendum.

The figures - released by Dublin's Department of Foreign Affairs -have increased speculation as to whether the rise represents a long term change in trend, or if is merely a knee-jerk reaction following the Leave referendum result.

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