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Close on 200,000 people waiting for passports

The Department of Foreign Affairs has insisted there is no backlog in processing passports and it has blamed forms being filled out incorrectly

 

With numerous families in Kerry anxiously waiting for new passports to be issued in time to allow them to holiday abroad this summer, a Kerry politician has called on the Department of Foreign Affairs to move quickly to tackle the backlog of up to 200,000 passports.

Deputy Michael Healy-Rae said he was not critical of the people in the passport office but they are under severe pressure when it came to the issuing of passports due to the huge numbers of applications

He said since St Patrick’s Day he has called three times about one passport that was overdue and it was with an official for checking for three weeks.

Deputy Michael Healy Rae: Absolutely inundated with queries

Another query he submitted related to a family with three children and, although he called the office three times, they missed their flight in April and still don’t have passports.

“I’m absolutely inundated with these queries. We have to do better than we are doing at present,” Deputy Healy-Rae told KillarneyToday.com.

“If there is almost 200,000 people waiting, we need to do better in meeting that demand and not cause more stress to people who are doing their best”.

The Department of Foreign Affairs has insisted there is no backlog in processing passports and it has blamed forms being filled out incorrectly.

A record 1.4 million passport applications are expected to be issued this year and many first-time applicants are reporting long delays with many unable to get passports ahead of their holidays.

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