Passport delay excuse is Irish government ‘blaming Brexit for everything’

Claims that an upsurge in Irish passport applications from north of the border has caused delays in processing requests is “blaming Brexit for everything” a Fianna Fail TD has said.

Thursday, 4th April 2019, 7:24 pm
Updated Thursday, 4th April 2019, 7:32 pm
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Sean Fleming, who chairs the Republic’s public accounts committee, said the Irish government was unfairly “laying the blame for the delays in passport applications on Northern Ireland residents”.

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Mr Fleming said a 2% rise in NI applications between 2017 and 2018 was “hardly a considerable surge in the grand scheme of things,” and added: “In 2018, 84,855 applications were received from Northern Ireland residents and in 2017, 83,363 were received, thus representing a 2% increase.

“There had been a substantial increase in applications over the several years prior to this but to use Northern Ireland applications as an excuse for the delays in the Passport Office in 2018 was unfair.

“This is another example of blaming Brexit for everything instead of the government meeting their responsibilities. Let’s hope the department learn their lessons and that we do not see the same scale of delays in 2019 that we did last year”,