Number of GB residents applying for Irish passports rises by 119%

New statistics show a surge in the number of applications from citizens in the UK

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Dublin's Passport Office | Photo: RollingNews.ie

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 62% in July.

Some 4,126 people in the region submitted application last month, compared to 2,549 in the same period last year.

In the third full month since the Brexit result, there were 7,518 applications from people in Great Britain.

The figure represents a 119% increase on September 2015, when 3,431 applications were received.

A total of 37,306 people in Northern Ireland and Great Britain have requested passports in the last three months.

The overall number of applications rose from 38,408 to 43,665 – a 14% increase year on year.

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

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