Many UK residents have the right to get Irish Passports by virtue of their parents or grandparents being born in Ireland.
In 2015, before the British voted to exit the EU, there were only 46,000 applicants from Britain who wanted the Irish Passport.
Surprisingly, by 2017 end, the number of applicants had increased to 81,000.
The BBC earlier reported though wrongly, that the number of British applicants who were denied had shot up.
The Irish Department of Foreign Affairs revealed that the number of applications and the number of successful applicants who received their passports through the London embassy had a difference of about 15,000. The 15,000 however, was not the number of applications denied, but it explains the fact that not all applicants sent in their applications through the London office.
By having an Irish Passport, British citizens will retain their ability to travel without visas all over the EU, the outcome of the Brexit negotiations notwithstanding.
By the end of May 2018, there had been 45,000 applications from British citizens who wanted an Irish Passport. Since 2016, the Irish Embassy in London has issued over 176,000 passports. This record is over 10 times the number issued by any other office.
Neale Richmond, who is the chairman of the Brexit Committee of Ireland’s Senate, said the staff at the embassy expects to be their busiest in 2018.
A standard Irish passport has a 10-year validity, and it cost €80 which is equivalent to £71.
Who can get an Irish Passport?
The Irish Passport can be issued to those who:
a) Were born before the first of January, 2005, in Northern Ireland or the Republic of Ireland.
b) Were born in Ireland after January 1, 2005, but have their parents as Irish British citizens.
c) Were born elsewhere but have parents or even grandparents born in Ireland who are Irish citizens.
There are some exemptions though.
About 10% of British citizens are entitled to the Irish Passport, and with Brexit coming, the hope for the rate of applications for Irish Passports coming down is not in sight.
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