Brexit Vote Spurs 10% Rise in Demand for Irish PassportsDara Doyle
Ireland is on track to issue 10 percent more passports this year compared with 2015, as demand surged amid concern Britain will withdraw from the European Union.
The number of Irish passports issued as of December 13 was 719,675 and is projected to increase to almost 740,000 by the end of the year, Fianna Fail, the biggest opposition party, said citing a parliamentary question.
The U.K.’s vote to leave the EU this year has raised concerns that its citizens could lose the right to live and work in Europe without restrictions, and an Irish passport is seen as a method to retain access to those rights.
“Undoubtedly, Brexit has had a significant impact on the numbers applying for an Irish passport,” said Darragh O’Brien, Fianna Fail spokesman for Foreign Affairs and Trade, in an e-mail statement.