Fianna Fáil TD for Cavan-Monaghan Niamh Smyth says the reality of Brexit has hit home as figures released to Fianna Fáil show an increase in first-time passport applications from Great Britain and Northern Ireland.
Deputy Niamh Smyth said, “The figures show applications for Irish passports from the UK and Northern Ireland increase from 48, 186 in 2016 to 85,517 in the first eight months of this year. That’s almost double the number of applications, and there are still another four months of the year left.
“These figures are a clear indication that people across the UK and Northern Ireland have realised how serious the impact of Brexit will be.
“At my offices and clinics in recent months I have assisted people in applying for an Irish passport. This, along with those applying to exchange their UK driving licence for an Irish licence, show that the realities of Brexit have hit home.
“I expect these passport figures will continue to increase over the next few months as uncertainty over a potential no deal Brexit prevails”, concluded Deputy Niamh Smyth.