Travellers are still missing out on vacations due to the fact that of a substantial stockpile of applications for Irish passports.

Around 170,000 individuals are presently awaiting brand-new passports to be provided and the wait is especially wish for very first time applications.

Speaking to The Hard Shoulder, on young mom stated her child has actually been waiting months for a passport:

” It took us 3 months to get the birth cert,” Caoimhe discussed.

” Our child was born mid-October and within 6 days of her being born we had actually found out about hold-ups to the service for acquiring a birth cert.”

Families still waiting months for passports

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She continued:

” So within a variety of days of getting the birth cert, a week later on we looked for the passport and 62 working days, 13 weeks later on we are no additional ahead.

” It appears like our envelope still hasn’t been opened – several everyday calls to their service … [and] not having the ability to get across somebody.”

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The household had actually prepared to disappear in April and felt progressively nervous as the flight date loomed:

” When we ultimately got across somebody, informing them that we had travel plans for completion of April, they had actually stated, ‘Look we can make a memo on your chart however it’s down to whether somebody gets this memo whether your passports will be processed on time.’

” And sadly, 2 weeks later on after our passports were expected to be processed, [there’s] still no indication of them, still absolutely nothing on the tracker system.”

The household called a regional TD however to no obtain.

” Again, as I stated, we’re very mindful that there’s a lot more going on today and a lot more crucial things than household vacations,” Caoimhe included wearily.

” But … maternity leave is over and it would have been great to be able to state that within the 2 years and 2 infants that we left the nation for a couple of days and got a little bit of sunlight.”

Huge need

Foreign Affairs Minister Simon Coveney has actually blamed the hold-ups on the substantial volume of applications which additional EUR10 m has actually been reserved for passport services in2022

” The primary problem that is driving pressure at the minute is simply the large volume of applications,” he informed the Dáil in March.

” It is simply off the charts in regards to anything else we have actually experienced over the last few years.

” We have had 3 months in a row now of record application numbers– as in the greatest ever.

” I believe it was 137,000 in January, it was over 150,000 in February and it will definitely be over 100,000 in March and in any previous year, we had not discussed 100,00 in a month.”

Main image: The recently developed Irish passport. Image: Sam Boal/Photocall Ireland