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Published on : Tuesday, June 28, 2016
To retain the EU citizenship following the Brexit referendum result, Ireland’s embassy is receiving record number of applications for Irish passports. More than 4,000 enquiries were received from the Britons on a single day which generally does not exceed 200.
Anyone born in the Irish Republic, Northern Ireland or with an Irish parent or grandparent, is eligible for an Irish passport, which is about six million people living in the UK.
Charlie Flanagan, Ireland’s foreign minister requested to Britons to stop rushing for Irish passports. This sudden surge threatened to overwhelm Irish consular offices. This is effect will place significant pressure on the system and on turnaround times.
The Britons are intimidated that the rights as UK passport holders might abruptly end and may curb their position as EU citizens. However, he comforted in his statement that it would not be the case.
Ireland’s embassy in Paris has also reported a record number of requests.
Last year Ireland issued about 670,000 passports, mostly to Irish citizens, while at least 500,000 of Northern Ireland’s 1.8m citizens hold an Irish passport.
Northern Irish citizens can hold both a British and an Irish passport.