The variety of Irish passports issued in Britain surged following the Brexit vote, official figures recommend.
Information shared by Eire’s international affairs minister Simon Coveney – which he mentioned confirmed “the variety of passports issued to candidates resident in Nice Britain” – urged that determine exceeded 422,000 between 2016 and 2020.
Some 46,400 and 63,500 Irish passports had been issued to residents of Britain respectively in 2015 and 2016, the yr the UK voted to depart the European Union.
This rose to greater than 120,000 in 2019 alone.
In complete, between 2017 and 2020, some 358,900 Irish passports had been issued to British residents, the official figures recommend.
This accounted for almost 12 per cent of all Irish passports issued inside these 4 years, evaluation of the information printed by Mr Coveney on Wednesday confirmed.
Reacting to the “outstanding” figures, which got here in response to his parliamentary query, Tremendous Gael TD Neale Richmond mentioned: “The tough impacts of Brexit and the assault on the rights of so many UK residents has clearly motivated many to understand their Irish citizenship rights.”
He added: “It appears Covid-19 has precipitated the post-Brexit rush for Irish passports to ease up significantly.”
The figures reportedly don’t account for Northern Eire, the place residents are entitled to twin British and Irish nationality as a part of the Good Friday settlement.
The revelation got here because the son of the late English spy novelist, John Le Carre, revealed that his father died an Irish citizen in December, having utilized for citizenship out of a need to stay European and to replicate his heritage following the Brexit vote, about which he mentioned the Spy Who Got here in from the Chilly writer was “livid”.
“On his final birthday I gave him an Irish flag, and so one of many final pictures I’ve of him is him sitting wrapped in an Irish flag, grinning his head off,” his son, who writes underneath the title Nick Harkaway, informed a brand new BBC Radio 4 documentary, A Author and His County.