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Post Offices inundated by Irish passport applications

By Cate McCurry

Published 25/06/2016

The number of people in Northern Ireland searching online for information on how to apply for an Irish passport has soared following the UK's decision to leave the European Union.

Post Offices across Northern Ireland also reported a surge in the number of people seeking Irish passport applications with many branches reportedly running out of forms. One branch in Belfast handed out 500 application forms by 4.30pm yesterday.

Earlier this month the Republic's government revealed it had to hire 200 temporary workers to cope with a surge in demand for Irish passports.

Irish passport holders will remain EU citizens, making it easier for them to travel throughout the continent.

And, in the wake of the result, there has been a surge in people looking to apply for Irish passports.

Google Trends data shows there was a 100% spike in the past 24 hours for people searching for information regarding Irish passport applications - mostly by those in Northern Ireland.

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