Sinn Fein senator calls for Irish passport office to open in Belfast

Republic of Ireland passport: Niall Carson/PA Wire
Republic of Ireland passport: Niall Carson/PA Wire

A former Sinn Fein Lord Mayor of Belfast has called for an Irish passport office to be opened in the city due to “unprecedented demand” following Brexit.

Niall Ó Donnghaile said a vote by England had taken Northern Ireland out of the European Union and “there has never been a larger demand for Irish passport applications in the north of Ireland”.

The Irish senator said: “Passport forms have been snapped up across the north by all sections of the community and we have seen notices go up stating that, due to unprecedented demand, many places have run out of application forms and are waiting on more arriving.

“Sinn Féin have consistently made the case to the Irish government to open a passport office north of the border.

“I have written to the Irish foreign affair minister Charlie Flanagan in order to draw his attention to this matter and to urge him to open a passport office in Belfast.”