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Minister Martin announces restoration of the 10 day guarantee for passport applications

The Minister for Foreign Affairs, Mr. Micheál Martin T.D., today confirmed that the passport service has cleared the backlog of applications allowing the resumption of normal processing times.

“I want to thank the members of the public for their patience during the delays caused both by industrial action and an increase in demand for passports,” the Minister said. “With the restoration of the 10 working-day guarantee, the Passport Express and Northern Ireland Passport Express services, available through local post offices, offer the simplest and most practical means of renewing a passport. The public counters and out of hours service operated by the Passport Office can still be used in the event of a family emergency or where immediate travel is required.”

Note for editors:

As of 12 August there were 24,057 applications in the system down from a high of 68,014 on 17 June.