As Brexit looms closer, approximately 80,000 Irish passports were issued to UK residents so far in 2019

Quentin Fottrell
As Brexit looms closer, approximately 80,000 Irish passports were issued to UK residents so far in 2019

Approximately 20,000 more first-time passports were issued to U.K. residents in the first six months of the year than were issued to Irish citizens, according to the Irish Passport Office. It said that 78,744 first-time passports were issued to residents of the U.K. and the British provence of Northern Ireland during the first six months of 2019 compared to the 60,300 passports issued to Irish citizens. Based on those figures, the number of Irish passports being issued to U.K. residents has now likely exceeded 80,000.