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NI demand for an Irish passport up by a quarter

By Staff Reporter

Applications for Irish passports from Great Britain soared by more than 40% in the wake of the Brexit vote, new figures reveal.

Those from Northern Ireland rose by more than a quarter compared to 2015, Irish Foreign Affairs Minister Charlie Flanagan said.

A record number of 733,060 Irish passports were issued in 2016, an increase of 9% on the previous year. Mr Flanagan said he expects this trend to continue in the future.

Following the UK referendum on EU membership in June passport applications from Northern Ireland saw an increase of 26.5% over 2015 to 67,972 while application levels from Great Britain increased by 40.6% to 64,996.

Mr Flanagan also noted a strong demand for passports in the first half of the year.

He said: "This was due to a variety of factors. More Irish people travelled in the first half of the year; we also had the Euros Championships and a historical spike in applications from 2006 feeding through in the 10-year renewal cycle."

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