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Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore Launches Newly-designed Irish Passport
The Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Eamon
Gilmore T.D., has launched the newly-designed Irish passport,
which features images of iconic Irish landmarks including the
Croagh Patrick, Kylemore Abbey and Croke Park, in addition to
drawings depicting Irish music and dance and Gaelic games.
Unveiling the new design in Dublin, the Tánaiste said: “We have
combined the latest security technology with selected imagery in
order to produce a passport which represents Ireland – our culture,
our history, and our people.
“The images used range from a stunning perspective of the Cliffs of
Moher to the new landscape along the river Liffey, with the Dublin
Convention Centre to the foreground and the Custom House and
Liberty Hall peering through the harp strings of the Samuel Beckett
“Images of Croagh Patrick and the Rock of Cashel feature alongside
drawings depicting Irish music and dance and Gaelic games. The
passport features poems from three of this island’s finest poets:
Nuala ní Dhomhnaill, William Butler Yeats, and James Orr.”
A combination of photographs and drawings, commissioned solely for
use on the Irish passport, are reproduced with specialist printing
techniques to ensure that the Irish passport is highly-secure. The
book was designed and produced in Ireland, by a consortium led by
DLRS of Bray, HID Ireland of Baile na hAbhainn, and the Central
Bank on foot of a competitive tender process.
The Tánaiste said: “I would like to congratulate the companies
involved for the successful design and delivery of the new book.
Irish companies are competing and winning on the international
stage, thereby assisting our economic recovery.”
All Irish passports issued from 3rd October will have this new
“Today, Irish passport holders travel more often and to more
destinations than at any time in the past. In 2012, we issued over
600,000 passports to Irish citizens around the world. I would urge
Irish citizens to check the validity of their current passport and
to apply for a new book well in advance of any travel” the Tánaiste
Passport by numbers:
• More than 630,000 passports issued in 2012, of which about
350,000 issued to adults.
• 67% of all passport applications were received through the
Passport Express channel.
• Over 40,000 applications were received through the Northern
Ireland Passport Express channel.
• Almost 53,000 applications were received through the London
Passport Office, the highest number outside the State.
• After London, the highest number was issued in Canberra – 5,600
passports, followed by 5,300 by the Consulate General in New
• July was the busiest month in 2012 with 78,000 passports issued,
while December was the quietest with just over 20,000.
Convention Calls on Diaspora
On the 75th anniversary of the adoption of the constitution by the
people of Ireland, a
Convention on the Constitution has been established to submit
recommendations to the Houses of the Oireachtas on changes to make
the constitution more relevant to the Ireland of the 21st Century.
For more information visit www.constitution.ie.
The Department of Foreign Affairs has updated its procedures for
the receipt of Foreign Birth Registration (FBR) applications. This
upgrade of the FBR system is part of our ongoing commitment to
improve our service to the public.
The new system comprises of an on-line application process which is
available electronically from the Department’s website. The system
is intended to make it easier and more convenient for applicants to
access our service and to advise on the FBR process. To apply
online, please click here.
Should you have any difficulties, please contact your nearest Irish
Mission or the Consular Services Section in Dublin,