We’ve never been so popular… June 29, 2016Posted by WorldbyStorm in Uncategorized.
…to judge from the ‘surge in applications’ for Irish passports. Too popular for the system(s) to cope with just yet. Passport processing, a growth area for this state. Who’d have thought it?
The Irish government has urged Britons to take some time to think before applying for an Irish passport as it warned that a surge in applications threatened to place major pressure on the system for processing them.
A spike in interest in Irish passports has occurred in Northern Ireland, Britain and elsewhere in the past few days, according to Ireland’s foreign minister, Charlie Flanagan, who said there was no urgency for UK citizens to apply.
Stirring words of comfort from Leo Varadkar:
In a debate on Brexit’s implications for the republic, the minister for social protection, Leo Varadkar, said: “On some occasions, perhaps most, our interests are aligned with those of the United Kingdom but where they are not, it is not our duty to fight England’s battles for her. We must put the interests of Ireland first in the coming years and in the negotiation process.
But Varadkar promised to protect pensioners on both sides of the Irish Sea, both British people living in the republic and Irish citizens residing in the UK. He said: “Their pension and employment rights and their social insurance protections and obligations remain unchanged today and will remain unchanged until such time as there is a new agreement between the European Union and the United Kingdom and between the Republic of Ireland and the United Kingdom.”
Yes. That must be very reassuring. ‘Until such time’. Which would be most likely in the next 36 months at latest.