Written Answers - Passport Service

Thursday, 19 January 2012

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 752 No. 2

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  59.  Deputy Olivia Mitchell  Information on Olivia Mitchell  Zoom on Olivia Mitchell   asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade  Information on Eamon Gilmore  Zoom on Eamon Gilmore   the number of passports that have been stolen, lost or mislaid in each of the years 2009, 2010 and 2011; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [3225/12]

Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade (Deputy Eamon Gilmore): Information on Eamon Gilmore  Zoom on Eamon Gilmore  Details of the numbers of passports reported as lost, stolen or mislaid since 2009 are set out in the table below.

YEAR PASSPORTS ISSUED LOST or MISLAID STOLEN TOTAL % OF PASSPORTS ISSUED
2009 579,508 29,801 4,821 34,622 5.97%
2010 603,753 26,405 4,382 30,787 5.09%
2011 599,468 26,151 4,295 30,446 5.07%

Individual citizens are primarily responsible for the safe keeping of their own passports. In this regard the Department is constantly urging that passports should always be kept in a secure place and that citizens take particular care of the document when travelling. However, passports are lost and the Department strongly advises that citizens notify the Passport Service of any lost passport at the earliest opportunity.

Once a passport is reported lost, this information is relayed to Interpol through An Garda Síochána. Interpol receives these updates on a daily basis. The information is then made available immediately to police forces and border control officers worldwide. Any individual who attempts to travel on a lost or stolen passport will as a result most likely be stopped at border control points.


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