The number of applications for Irish passports rose by 26% in the first quarter of 2017, compared to the previous year, it was reported on Monday (17 April). According to The Irish Times, the Irish government confirmed the increase which, if it sustains, will see one million applications made over the course of the year following the UK’s decision to exit the European Union.
The number of passport applications marked a sizeable increase on that of 2016, which was up by 9% on the year before in the comparatively small country, with a population of 4.76 million. Ireland’s Department of Foreign Affairs said there were a number of factors responsible for the increase, though a spokesperson for the department acknowledged the possible role of Brexit.
The spokesman said: “The increase in application numbers is attributable to a variety of causes including an expanding population and a significant increase in outbound travel in recent years.
He added: “The decision by the UK to leave the EU may have also had some impact, although the department does not ask people why they are applying for a passport, only whether or not they are eligible.”
Source/More: International Business Times’