Calls for a passport printing machine in Cork

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Cork passport printing machine said to ease pressure

Foreign Minister Simon Coveney has been asked to consider purchasing a passport printing machine for Cork.

Seán Sherlock, Cork East Labor TD, said a Cork-based passport printing machine will reduce wait times.

“The passport office is under tremendous pressure right now, with long delays with the first passports for children,” Deputy Sherlock said.

“Another machine, based at the Cork passport office, would relieve Dublin and serve the wider area of ​​Munster.”

Mr Sherlock had asked Minister Coveney in a recent parliamentary question whether the purchase of a cork-based machine could be considered, and he was told that the passport service equipment was sufficient to meet the demand. request.

Complaints about long delays

Despite the minister’s response, Deputy Minister Sherlock said, his office had dealt with voters complaining of long delays for passports and he believed a Cork printer would cut wait times and allow urgent collections to resume. passport at the Cork office.

“A cost / benefit analysis of such a printer should be started as soon as possible,” said Mr. Sherlock.

The Passport Service is made up of three constituent offices located at Lower Mount Street and Balbriggan in Dublin and South Mall in Cork

It currently has three passport printing machines, all based in Dublin.

Each passport printer has a printing capacity of 250 passports per hour.

According to a parliamentary response from 2019, a new machine would cost around 2 million euros.

In Dáil’s response to Deputy Minister Sherlock, Minister Coveney said the Passport Service issued more than half a million passports in 2021, with single adult renewals averaging 10 working days.

However, he said, the country was experiencing a high volume of first-time passport applications, which take 40 working days.

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