Fraudulent Use of an Irish Passport09 July 2010
It is a policy of the Department of Foreign Affairs to protect the privacy of passport applicants and citizens, and to do whatever is possible to ensure that their security and freedom of travel is maintained.
Documents filed as part of court proceedings in a recent highly publicised case in the United States contained an allegation concerning the fraudulent use of an Irish passport in the name of Eunan Gerard Doherty. This allegation is currently being investigated by the Passport Service and the Garda Síochána.
The details released in relation to the alleged forged passport bear similarities to those of a passport issued to an Irish citizen named Eunan Gerard Doherty who is entirely innocent of any involvement in the case in question. The Passport Service has arranged for replacement passports to be issued to Mr. Doherty and his family.
Mr. Doherty and his family have been the subject of media attention in recent days. The Department of Foreign Affairs would ask the media to respect the privacy of this innocent family who, through no fault of their own, have been caught up in this case and who have no information in relation to the case other than what is already in the public domain.