LAOIS/Offaly Fine Gael Deputy, Marcella Corcoran-Kennedy, has reminded her constituents to apply for their passports well in advance of making any travel arrangements, due to the very high volume of passport applications currently being received by the Passport Office.
In acknowledging the huge number of constituent queries she is receiving in relation to passport issues, Deputy Corcoran-Kennedy strongly advises people to check the date on their passport ‘long before they make any plans to travel’.
601,000 Irish passports were issued in 2007, with this number declining to 572,793 in 2009. Last year, new passports peaked at 603,753, and this year a total of 233,379 passports were issued up to May 20 last.
Over half all passports applications are now done via the An Post Passport Express application system and, while the guaranteed turnaround time for such an application is normally 10 working days, it currently stands at between 11 and 13 working days.
With the onset of the summer holiday period, Deputy Corcoran-Kennedy said the demand for passports will increase, therefore she urges all those planning to travel abroad this year to check their passports first, before they make any travel arrangements. “That is the only foolproof way of ensuring that people will not end up being disappointed when they are unable to travel due to a delay in the processing of their passport application” she added.