Catherine Bannon,  head of the passport office on Mount Street. Photograph: Alan Betson

At the start of March hundreds of staff in the Passport Office were gearing themselves up for another busy season processing applications from tens of(...)

The Irish passport is ‘a representation of a real Irish person’, according to Fiona Penollar, who  heads the Passport Service. Photograph: Frank Miller

Lefortovo Prison in Moscow is named after a close ally of Tsar Peter The Great. During Stalin’s “Great Purge” in the late 1930s it served as a torture(...)

From Wednesday afternoon there will no longer be a requirement for parents to go to a Garda station to get an application signed. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

The Passport Office will start accepting children’s renewals online from this  afternoon, November 28th, in a major overhaul of its computer syst(...)

Demand for Irish passports is at a record level with applications up 8.5 per cent year on year. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

More than 10,000 applications for an Irish passport were received in one day last month, an Oireachtas committee was told. Demand for Irish passports(...)

The number of applications being processed by the Passport Office has peaked and is “on a downward slope” after a month in which as many as 10,000 peo(...)

Simon Scotting with his Irish foreign birth registration document, in London, England.  Photograph: Andrew Wiard

He never contemplated being Irish. Not until Brexit loomed. The vote to leave the European Union in last year’s referendum shocked Simon Scotting. For(...)