Irish passport applications from Northern Ireland hit record high
There have been fresh calls for Irish passport offices in Northern Ireland after it emerged there were 58,000 applications from this side of the border in the first three months of 2019.
There was a record demand for Irish passports last month, with one in three applications coming from Britain and Northern Ireland due to Brexit.
More than 112,000 people applied for an Irish passport in March, the highest number ever in a single month.
Paper applications from Britain and Northern Ireland residents from January to March were up 103% and 71%, respectively on the same three-month period last year.
There were 41,000 applications from Britain.
Sinn Fein senator Niall O Donnghaile noted that thousands of people have signed an online petition calling for Irish passport offices here.
"Since Brexit hundreds of thousands of people in the North have applied for Irish Passports and the government finally need to take their heads out of the sand, accept the reality of this growing demand and invest in this much needed service," he said.
"Citizens can no longer be left behind."