People planning on travelling abroad have been urged to check that their passports are in date before going away.

TD Darragh O’Brien (FF) has advised those planning on leaving the country to allow sufficient time to renew their passports if they have expired.

The comments were made over concerns that applications submitted through the An Post Passport Express Service are not being processed within 15 days, which is the target turnaround for the express service.

TD O’Brien said: “We are entering the holiday season and I am urging all those intending on travelling abroad to check that their passports are in date and to allow sufficient time if they require their passport to be renewed.

“I specifically raised the issue of resources with regard to the passport service with the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade Simon Coveney at a recent meeting of the Foreign Affairs and Trade Committee.

“This is something which I have consistently raised with the Minister and have highlighted that additional resources are needed to ensure passport processing times are met.
“The current service is under-resourced and unable to keep up with demand.”

People are said to be waiting over 20 days for a renewal, and 25 days when applying for a new passport.

A backlog is said to have been created due to three lost days during Storm Emma.

People are being asked to renew their passport through the Online Passport Renewal Service at https://passportonline.dfa.ie, though this method of renewal is only available to adults and passport cards.