Written Answers - Passport Applications.

Wednesday, 31 March 2010

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 706 No. 1

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  146.  Deputy Finian McGrath  Information on Finian McGrath  Zoom on Finian McGrath   asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs  Information on Micheál Martin  Zoom on Micheál Martin   if he will support the case of a person (details supplied) in Dublin 3. [14079/10]

Minister for Foreign Affairs (Deputy Micheál Martin): Information on Micheál Martin  Zoom on Micheál Martin  As the Deputy is aware, customers have been experiencing disruption to passport services as a result of ongoing industrial action in the public service. The Department of Foreign Affairs has been advising the pubic of the extent of these problems through media channels and, in particular, via the Department’s [164]website, www.dfa.ie . On 4 March the Passport Service had to withdraw the guarantee of turnaround times for all passport applications.

The application number is required for the status of this application to be ascertained. This can be done online.

  147.  Deputy Michael D. Higgins  Information on Michael D. Higgins  Zoom on Michael D. Higgins   asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs  Information on Micheál Martin  Zoom on Micheál Martin   the position regarding a passport application in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Galway who received notification of their passport renewal application being received on 16 February 2010; if this will be dealt with in view of the fact that this person is due to travel shortly; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [14086/10]

Minister for Foreign Affairs (Deputy Micheál Martin): Information on Micheál Martin  Zoom on Micheál Martin  A passport application for the named person was registered with the Passport Office in Balbriggan on 16 March, 2010. It was received through the Passport Express service which is a ten day guarantee service that is provided by the Passport Office in partnership with An Post.

However, due to industrial action the Passport Express guarantee was suspended on 4 March. As a result it is presently taking up to twenty working days to process Passport Express applications. As applications are being processed on a first come first served basis, the application in question will not be processed until mid-April.

  148.  Deputy Billy Timmins  Information on Billy Timmins  Zoom on Billy Timmins   asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs  Information on Micheál Martin  Zoom on Micheál Martin   the position regarding the case of a person (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [14137/10]

Minister for Foreign Affairs (Deputy Micheál Martin): Information on Micheál Martin  Zoom on Micheál Martin  Passport Applications submitted through missions abroad take between four and six weeks under normal circumstances. Due to the ongoing industrial action there is a further delay in the processing of all applications.

Without the application number this application cannot be identified in the system at this point. The applicant should contact the Embassy in Canberra or the Consulate in Sydney for advice and any possible assistance. The contact details are:


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