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United Kingdom demand for Irish passports hits record high

20 Juin 2017

Demand for Irish citizenship and passports hit a record high in the United Kingdom on the same day that British Prime Minister Theresa May triggered Article 50 to commence the process of the UK's withdrawal from the European Union.

Data from the Department of Foreign Affairs show that on March 28th, when the document triggering Article 50 was signed, the Irish embassy in London was inundated with passport applications.

The embassy received a record total of 770 requests, with staff struggling to cope with demand.

On March 28th, 722 passport applications were received by the embassy and a further 578 applications were received on March 30th - the day after Mrs May declared to Westminster that there "can be no turning back".

Surges in applications coincided with major Brexit developments.

The surge in Irish passports from those living here has prompted the Irish Government to look to hire consultants to forecast the likely demand as the country's exit from the European Union nears.

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However, the 8,297 passports sought during the month of March may represent only a trickle compared to when Brexit comes into force.

Highlighting the impact Mrs May's pronouncements had on demand for Irish passports, January 16 was also the fifth busiest day for passport applications with 547 applications, as news leaked of Mrs May's hard Brexit in a landmark speech on January 17.

There are roughly 6.7 million people in the United Kingdom who are eligible to apply for an Irish passport.

To deal with increased demand for Irish passports, Dublin spent €196,912 (£172,125) on overtime for the first four months of this year.

United Kingdom demand for Irish passports hits record high