Declan Breathnach TD
Louth (and East Meath)

9th November 2018

Applications for Irish Citizenship from UK up enormously because of Brexit – Breathnach
– over 4,000 additional applications for the 10 months of this year compared to the entire figure for 2016 –

Fianna Fáil TD for Louth and East Meath Declan Breathnach has received figures for the numbers of applications for Irish Citizenship for the past number of years including details of where the applicants are from.

“I received the information in response to a Parliamentary Question.  Overall the number of applications for Irish Citizenship is up to 20,044 for the 10 months so far this year, up from a figure of 13,982 for the entire of 2016.  The biggest increase in applications is from Great Britain where there were 6,137 applications in 2016 up to 10,308 so far this year an increase for the period of 95%.”

“There were also sizable increases in the numbers of applicants from the United States, up 33% and South Africa up 30%.

“Applications for Irish Passports from Northern Ireland and Great Britain continues to be very high, with more than 62,000 people resident in Northern Ireland having been issued with Irish passports so far this year, continuing the upward trend in applications triggered by Brexit”.

“This demonstrates the pro-European feeling that exists in Northern Ireland, where people know only too well that leaving the EU will be calamitous for their economy”, concluded Breathnach.
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Note to Editor:  PQ Reply attached showing figures for applications for citizenship for years, 2016, 2017 and 2018.

Johanna Walsh, Office of Declan Breathnach T.D., Leinster House, Dublin 2 (Declan – 087 2697638)

(T) 01 6183549 (Email)  declan.breathnach@oireachtas.ie