Irish people who are resident both here in Ireland and across the world, will be able to renew their passports online from tomorrow Thursday, March 30th, 2017.
This new online ‘Passport Application Service’ facility, which is currently under construction, will be available shortly on the Department of Foreign Affairs website.
The service, when up and running, is expected to be more convenient, faster and fully secure; offering a more predictable turnaround time for delivery dates to customers, while allowing same to apply using their PCs, Laptops, Tablets and Mobile Phones.
However, please be informed; this new service is only for the renewal of adult applications. First time applicants and children will have to remain using our current, more antiquated system.
The new initiative is part of a reform programme which is expected to modernise Ireland’s overall passport systems and controls.
I wonder if that endangered species known as the “Rural Post Office” would agree! Were not Post Offices delivering you your new passport in 15 working days, for an extra charge of €9.50, plus your passport fee?
Perhaps it is now time to check if rural Ireland could qualify for protection for Post Offices under EU Environmental legislation. Same could be considered as being an unusual, threatened and sporadic species, totally at risk of becoming extinct through habitat destruction brought about by decision makers who believe that passport delivery times could be an hour or two faster.