John Curran T.D. recently welcomed the planned expansion of the Online Passport Renewal Service which launched on 28th November 2018. Deputy Curran was commenting after receiving a reply from Foreign Affairs Minister Simon Coveney to his Parliamentary Question on the issue. “On account of the long delays at the Passport Office last summer and in particular for passport applications and renewals for children I have continued to follow up with the Minister on the need for improvements in efficiencies with the passport service. It is very welcome news that the Passport Online service will be expanded and operational from tomorrow to facilitate the online renewal of children’s passports, introduce the option of a passport card for children and expand the categories of adults who can renew or replace their passports online such as those changing their name and those requiring an observation on their passport. I would urge applicants wishing to renew their passports, whether residing in Ireland or overseas, to avail of the online service where possible and to check their passports before they book their Christmas/New Year/Summer 2019 getaway. Go to www.dfa.ie for more information”, concluded Deputy Curran.