43. Deputy Seán Crowe asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade if his attention has been drawn to cases in which Irish citizens were leaving the State for the purposes of conversion or reparative therapies; if his Department has attempted to cease or advise against travel for such an activity; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 12379/18 asked on 20 Mar 2018 - Passport Applications Refusals)

Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade (Deputy Simon Coveney): My Department has not been made aware of any recent cases in which Irish citizens were leaving the State for the purposes of conversion or reparative therapies.
As the deputy will be aware, any powers my department has to prevent any Irish citizen from travelling abroad are extremely limited and outlined in the Passports Act 2008.
Any citizen who finds themselves in distress abroad may contact the local Irish Embassy or ...

8. Deputy Kevin O’Keeffe asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade if his attention has been drawn to a ruling of the Supreme Court on the refusal to grant a passport when adjudicating a similar case (details supplied) which was refused by his Department. (Question 10845/18 asked on 08 Mar 2018 - Passport Application Refusals)

Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade (Deputy Simon Coveney): All passport applications are subject to the provisions of the Passports Act 2008 (“the Act”). The Act provides, among other things, that a person must be an Irish citizen before a passport can be issued to him/her. In order to meet this legal requirement, each person must demonstrate an entitlement to Irish citizenship in his/her passport application. The applicant referred to was born in January 2017. Any possible clai...

723. Deputy David Cullinane asked the Minister for Justice and Equality if his attention has been drawn to the case of a person (details supplied) who arrived here in May 2008 and is unable to obtain a passport; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 26816/17 asked on 20 Jun 2017 - Passport Application Refusals)

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): The issuing of Irish passports is a matter for the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and is based on the person being an Irish citizen. The granting of Irish citizenship through the naturalisation process is governed by the provisions of the Irish Nationality and Citizenship Act 1956, as amended. All applications for a certificate of naturalisation are processed and assessed individually in accordance with the provisions of the...

312. Deputy Michael Ring asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade the reasons documentation provided as proof of use of name for a passport renewal was rejected for a person (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 21772/17 asked on 09 May 2017 - Passport Application Refusals)

Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade (Deputy Charles Flanagan): As the Deputy will be aware, all passport applications are subject to the terms of the Passports Act, 2008 (the Act). The Act provides the legal basis for the policies and practices that are applied by the Passport Service. Section 10 of the Act broadly provides that a passport will issue in the name of a citizen as it appears on his/her birth certificate. Issuing a passport in a different name is permitted under the Act in situ...

346. Deputy Gino Kenny asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade the reason a person (details supplied) is being denied an Irish passport, given that her siblings were granted Irish passports; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 30434/16 asked on 18 Oct 2016 - Passport Application Refusals)

Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade (Deputy Charles Flanagan): All passport applications are subject to the provisions of the Passports Act, 2008, as amended (the Act). The Act requires that a person must be an Irish citizen before a passport can issue to him or her.
The person in question has applied for a passport. However, her entitlement to Irish citizenship under the Irish Nationality and Citizenship Act, 1956 (as amended), is the subject of a request for clarification to the Departmen...

148. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade why an application for passports for persons (details supplied) were declined; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 11085/16 asked on 19 May 2016 - Passport Application Refusals)

Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade (Deputy Charles Flanagan): All passport applications are subject to the terms of the Passports Act, 2008, as amended (the Act). This provides a legal basis for the various policies and practices, which are applied by the Passport Service in the issue of passports. It broadly requires that a person must be an Irish citizen; his/her identity is proven; and in the case of a child, the witnessed consent of that child’s guardian(s) is provided. 
In the case o...

608. Deputy Jim Daly asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade the options available to a British passport holder who has been living and working here since 1975 to obtain an Irish passport given that the applicant has previously been refused; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 5492/16 asked on 06 Apr 2016 - Passport Application Refusals)

Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade (Deputy Charles Flanagan): The Passport Service has a record of receipt of an application dating from 1985 from the person in question. At the time the applicant was advised that only Irish citizens are entitled to be issued with Irish passports. Therefore for the person in question to be issued an Irish passport he must first become an Irish citizen. Citizenship, including through naturalisation, is a matter for the Minister for Justice and Equality.
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445. Deputy Denis Naughten asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade the reason a passport has been issued to one person but not to another (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 41667/15 asked on 24 Nov 2015 - Passport Application Refusals)

Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade (Deputy Charles Flanagan): The Passports Act, 2008 (the Act) provides, among other things, that only Irish citizens are entitled to be issued with Irish passports. Each application received by the Department must, therefore, contain evidence that demonstrates that person’s entitlement to Irish citizenship before a passport can issue.
The two children in question were born in the State in 2011 and 2013. Their entitlement to Irish citizenship is therefore s...

506. Deputy Terence Flanagan asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade the position regarding a renewal of an Irish passport in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Dublin; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 24797/15 asked on 23 Jun 2015 - Passport Application Refusals)

Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade (Deputy Charles Flanagan): The Passports Act, 2008 (the Act) provides, among other things, that only Irish citizens are entitled to be issued with Irish passports. Each application received by the Passport Service must, therefore, contain relevant evidence that demonstrates that person’s entitlement to Irish citizenship before a passport can issue to him/her. The child in question was born in the State in 2012. Her entitlement to Irish citizenship is, the...

508. Deputy Michael Healy-Rae asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade the position regarding an application for an Irish passport in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Kerry; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 24936/15 asked on 23 Jun 2015 - Passport Application Refusals)

Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade (Deputy Charles Flanagan): The Passports Act, 2008 provides, among other things, that only Irish citizens are entitled to be issued with Irish passports. Therefore for the person in question to be issued an Irish passport she must first become an Irish citizen. Citizenship is a matter for the Minister of Justice Equality and Law Reform.
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177. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade the reason one of the children of a person (details supplied) in Dublin 24 does not qualify for an Irish passport, while the child’s parents and siblings are all Irish passport holders, in view of the fact that they were born here; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 15121/15 asked on 16 Apr 2015 - Passport Application Refusals)

Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade (Deputy Charles Flanagan): The Department wrote to the applicant’s parents on 27 November, 2014 to give notice of its intention to refuse him a passport under the Passports Act, 2008 (the Act) on the grounds that he was not an Irish citizen. This letter explained that the submitted application did not demonstrate their son’s entitlement to Irish citizenship under section 6A of the Irish Nationality and Citizenship Act, 1956 as amended (the 1956 Act); the 1...

421. Deputy Róisín Shortall asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade the reason a person (details supplied) in Dublin 11 had a passport application returned; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 7084/15 asked on 17 Feb 2015 - Passport Application Refusals)

Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade (Deputy Charles Flanagan): All passport applications are subject to the provision of Passports Act, 2008 (the Act). In cases such as this where the application form has not been correctly witnessed, the applicant is informed and requested to submit a new form suitably witnessed.
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506. Deputy Jonathan O’Brien asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade if his attention has been drawn to a situation that arose in the passport office where a person attended to get an Irish passport for their child, who is entitled to it by virtue of section 6A(1) of the Irish Nationality and Citizenship Act 1956, as amended, as their father was resident here under stamp 4 conditions for at least three out of the four years prior to their birth, and the staff in the passport office refused to accept the application and stated they would have to consult with GNIB as they were unfamiliar with this provision and believed only a child of an Irish citizen was entitled to an Irish passport; his views that staff in the passport office are not aware of these rules; and the steps he will take to ensure that this will not arise again. (Question 2849/15 asked on 20 Jan 2015 - Passport Application Refusals)

Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade (Deputy Charles Flanagan): Unfortunately, the Deputy has provided insufficient information to establish the exact circumstances of this case. However, I can make the following general points. All passport applications received are subject to the provisions of the Passports Act, 2008. One of its key provisions is the requirement for applicants to demonstrate their entitlement to Irish citizenship through the submission of documentary evidence with passpor...

1192. Deputy Ruth Coppinger asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade the number of passport applications for children of non-EEA/EU/Swiss parents rejected in the years 2007 to date in 2014 as the reckonable residency of their parents was not sufficient. (Question 33577/14 asked on 17 Sep 2014 - Passport Application Refusals)

Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade (Deputy Charles Flanagan): The number of applications for children, born since 1 January, 2005, which were rejected and referred back to the applicant or those which were cancelled under the Passports Act, 2008 on the grounds that they were not Irish citizens, is as follows:
 Year Rejected back to the applicant Cancelled 2007 786 276 2008 935 516 2009 1,031 622 2010 970 448 2011 1,155 586 2012 1,208 ...

48. Deputy Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade the status of a revocation of a passport and legal challenge for a person (details supplied) in County Cavan; the reason the passport is being revoked; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 32615/14 asked on 17 Jul 2014 - Passport Application Refusals)

Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade (Deputy Charles Flanagan): All applications for passports are subject to the provisions of the Passports Act, 2008. Under this act a person must be an Irish citizen before the Department can lawfully issue a passport to that person. As the applicant was born in Dublin on 19 October, 2007 to parents, who are citizens of India, his entitlement to Irish citizenship is subject to section 6A(1) of the Irish Nationality and Citizenship Act 1956. This provides th...

105. Deputy John McGuinness asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade the reason a passport has not been issued to a person (details supplied) in County Kilkenny in view of the fact that the person has a certificate of naturalisation dated 2012; the reason documents accepted by the Department of Justice and Equality are now being questioned by the passport section. (Question 28464/14 asked on 01 Jul 2014 - Passport Application Refusals)

Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade (Deputy Eamon Gilmore): All passport applications are subject to the provision of Passports Act, 2008 (the Act). The issue of a passport is, therefore, the culmination of an important and legally-binding process. The checks and balances within the passport process embrace the standard principles that are provided for in the Act and help to ensure that the person in question is an Irish citizen and that the identity of the applicant is known. ...

65. Deputy Patrick O’Donovan asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade when a decision will be made on a passport appeal in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Mayo in view of the fact that this appeal was submitted in 2012; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 16247/14 asked on 08 Apr 2014 - Passport Application Refusals)

Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade (Deputy Eamon Gilmore): The person in question applied to replace a stolen passport in February, 2012. In this application he sought a different name for his passport to the one that was stolen. This application is subject to the provisions of the Passports Act, 2008 (the Act). Section 10 of the Act deals with the issue of name changes for passports. It underpins passport policy whereby a person is required to provide documentary evidence o...

44. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade if and when a passport will issue in the case of a person (details supplied) in County Meath; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 7109/14 asked on 12 Feb 2014 - Passport Application Refusals)

Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade (Deputy Eamon Gilmore): The Passports Act, 2008 provides, among other things, that only Irish citizens are entitled to be issued with Irish passports. Each application received by the Passport Service must, therefore, demonstrate that person’s entitlement to Irish citizenship before a passport can issue to him/her.
The person in question was born in Dublin in 2006. His entitlement to Irish citizenship is subject to section 6A of the Irish Nat...

36. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade if alternative arrangements will be entered into in the case of a person (details supplied) in Dublin 15; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 48756/13 asked on 14 Nov 2013 - Passport Application Refusals)

Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade (Deputy Eamon Gilmore): An application for the named person was received by the Department on 10 September, 2013. It has been rejected on two occasions under the Passports Act, 2008 for her national passport as evidence of her identity. This application has been reviewed by the Department and the Department is satisfied that the submitted items in respect of identity namely her driver’s license, her birth certificate and a travel document, wh...

45. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade the basis on which a passport has been refused in the case of a person (details supplied) in County Dublin who is an Irish citizen; the basis on which the person can address the issue; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 38985/13 asked on 19 Sep 2013 - Passport Application Refusals)

Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade (Deputy Eamon Gilmore): The Passports Act, 2008 requires that before issuing a passport to a person, the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade shall be satisfied as to the identity of each applicant and that the person is an Irish citizen. The issue of a passport is the culmination of an important and legally binding process. The checks and balances within the passport process embrace the standard principles that are provided for in the Act an...

178. Deputy Michael Lowry asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade if he will detail the reasons a new passport will not be issued to an individual who has changed their name (details supplied) in County Tipperary; the legality of such; if his attention has been drawn to the hardship, distress and financial impact caused as a result of this; if an exemption will be made in this case; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 16389/13 asked on 16 Apr 2013 - Passport Application Refusals)

Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade (Deputy Eamon Gilmore): A passport name change results in the establishment of a new identity for the passport holder. Accordingly the Passport Service must insist on certain minimum evidentiary requirements to protect against fraud and identity theft. The Passport Service has written to the applicant in relation to this specific change of name request. The applicant should contact Mr. Ray Devine, Passport Office Cork and provide him wi...