Thursday, 19 January 2012
Dáil Éireann Debate
59. Deputy Olivia Mitchell asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade 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]
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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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