Brexit fears cause increase in number of Britons applying for Irish passports

Brexit fears cause increase in number of Britons applying for Irish passports

There has been a sharp rise in the number of British people applying for Irish passports because of fears of a Brexit, writes Daniel McConnell.

Between 2014 and 2015, the number of adults born in England, Scotland or Wales applying for their first Irish passport on the basis of having an Irish-born grandparent rose more than 33%, from 379 to 507.

Applications from those with one or more Irish parent rose 11% in the same period, from 3,376 to 3,736. In the previous year, the total applying in both categories fell slightly.

Figures from the Department of Foreign Affairs show the number of British-born people applying for Irish passports on the basis of their ancestry rose sharply in the past year.

As the Dáil debated the potential Brexit crisis, the government has developed a strategy to deal with a British exit from the EU.

Last week, Ceann Comhairle Seán Ó Fearghaíl travelled to London to visit the Irish embassy, which has seen a rise in the number of applications for passports, as the vote on June 23 approaches.

The feeling is that, by having an Irish passport as well as a British one, people will not be disenfranchised by a vote to leave the EU.

This is of particular concern for business people, sources have said.

This story first appeared on the Irish Examiner website.

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