A passport printing machine in Cork would relieve the pressure
Foreign Secretary Simon Coveney has been asked to consider buying a passport printing machine for Cork.
Seán Sherlock, Cork East Labor TD, said a Cork-based passport printing machine would reduce waiting times.
“There is enormous pressure on the passport office at the moment, with long delays with the first passports for children,” Deputy Sherlock said.
“Another machine, based at the passport office in Cork, would relieve Dublin and serve the wider Munster region.”
Mr Sherlock had asked Minister Coveney in a recent parliamentary question if a Cork-based machine could be considered for purchase, and was told that the Passport Service equipment was sufficient to meet the demand .
Despite the minister’s response, Deputy Sherlock said his office had dealt with constituents complaining of long delays for passports and he believed a printer in Cork would reduce wait times and allow passport collections to resume. urgent passports at the Cork office.
“A cost/benefit analysis of such a printer should be launched as soon as possible,” Sherlock said.
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 his Dáil response to Deputy Minister Sherlock, Minister Coveney said the Passport Service had issued over half a million passports in 2021, with single adult renewals averaging 10 working days.
However, he said, he was experiencing a high volume of first-time passport applications, which take 40 working days.
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