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Record number of Irish passports issued in 2019

More than 900,000 Irish passports were issued in 2019

MORE than 900,000 Irish passports were issued in 2019, a new record, representing a 7 per cent increase on last year.

During peak periods, more than 5,800 applications were submitted from around the world in a single day.

Continuing the record-breaking trend, total monthly applications exceeded 100,000 in January, March, April and May in 2019.

The oldest online applicant was 101 and the youngest just 5 days old.

Tánaiste Simon Coveney said Passport Online expanded in 2019 to include first time applicants in Ireland, Northern Ireland, Britain and Europe.

"As we approach 2020, I would remind all prospective travellers check the validity of their passport before booking a trip overseas. If you need to renew your passport, I encourage you to do so online and in the off-peak period, to ensure the shortest possible renewal time," he said.

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