Brexit: 73% increase in Irish passport applications from Great Britain

New statistics show big rise in number of UK residents applying on basis of ancestry

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A general view of passport control at Dublin Airport | Photo: PA Images

A rush for Irish passports is continuing in the wake of Britain’s decision to leave the EU.

New figures from the Department of Foreign Affairs show a significant rise in the number of passport applications from the UK.

The number of people from Northern Ireland seeking passports increased by 63% in July.

Some 6,638 people in the region applied for Irish passports, compared to 4,070 in the same period last year.

In the first full month since the Brexit result, there were 7,321 applications from people in Great Britain.

The figure represents a 73% increase on July 2015, when 4,242 applications were received.

The overall number of applications fell year-on-year by just under 1%.

The Passport Office said last month that it had hired over 200 new temporary staff to deal with the surge in demand.

Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan confirmed in June that there will be no change to entitlements to Irish passports as a result of the EU referendum outcome. 

Any person born on the island of Ireland or claiming citizenship through Irish-born parents or grandparents is eligible under current rules.