Fianna Fáil TD for Cork North West Aindrias Moynihan has once again called on the Minister for Foreign Affairs to consider providing a printing facility for the Passport Office in Cork.

Deputy Moynihan says the printer would ease the pressure on people in Cork and the South West who find themselves in need of an emergency passport.

“The Passport Office in Cork provides a fantastic service and has vastly reduced the need for people from Cork and the Southern region from having to travel to Dublin.  However, there are still some exceptional circumstances whereby people still have to make the journey to Dublin.  This inconvenience could be eliminated if there was a printing facility in the Cork office”, said Deputy Moynihan.

“I raised this issue directly with Minister John Halligan this week, but was disappointed to hear him say that there “are no plans at this time to commission any additional passport production equipment or sites”.

“We do not necessarily need to buy a new printer, we could simply move one of the existing facilities – as all three are currently based in Dublin.

“It would make a real difference to people living in Cork, Kerry and Waterford to have the option to pick up their passports from the Cork office, particularly in emergency situations.  These situations are already stressful enough without having the added burden of a minimum 6 hour round trip added to it.

“I will continue to raise this issue with Minister Simon Coveney, who as a Cork person, should appreciate the importance of this measure.  As I previously stated, this should not have any cost implications for the Passport Office if an existing machine can be moved from Dublin to Cork”, concluded Deputy Moynihan.