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No let-up in rush for Irish passports

There have been almost a quarter of a million applications for Irish passports in less than three months. (Brian Lawless/PA)
There have been almost a quarter of a million applications for Irish passports in less than three months. (Brian Lawless/PA)

By Rebecca Black

There have been almost a quarter of a million applications for Irish passports in less than three months.

The Republic's Foreign Minister Simon Coveney said more than 230,000 applications have been received to date this year.

The figures represent a 30% increase on the same period last year. Meanwhile, 2018 proved to be a record year with the highest number (860,000) of Irish passports ever issued.

Mr Coveney's department said over 70% of the 2018 applications came from the island of Ireland.

It also revealed it is expecting a further spike this weekend.

During St Patrick's weekend in 2018, more than 2,500 people applied for an Irish passport online - and based on current trends, officials are expecting that number to double this year. Mr Coveney said extra resources have been allocated to the service.

The figures come on the final countdown to the March 29 date the UK is scheduled to leave the European Union.

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