Local Fine Gael TD, Frances Fitzgerald is encouraging all families in Clondalkin, Lucan, Palmerstown and the Four Districts to check their passport before booking their flights this summer and to apply at least six weeks in advance of travel if possible. 

“The May Bank Holiday Weekend marks the start of the summer and the beginning of a busy period for the Irish Passport Office, as families across the country book their holidays. So I’m encouraging people to prepare, to check you passport’s expiration date before you book flights and to renew online if possible. 

 Fitzgerald outlined the ways to renew your passport explaining: “There are more ways than ever to apply for your passport. If you are over 18, you can apply to renew your passport online 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at.dfa.ie/passportonline. There is no need for a paper application form, witnesses or printed photos. 

“If you are not eligible to use the online facility and travelling in more than three weeks’ time, you can submit your application by Passport Express through your local post office. You can also make an appointment to submit your application at the public counters in the Mount St office. 

“If travelling within the next three days,  you can book a rapid renewal service appointment at the Passport Office which can provide a same-day turnaround. There are a limited number of appointments per day and proof of travel will be required.

“Summer holidays and increased applications as a result of Brexit could lead to delays in your application or issues with paperwork. Holidays are supposed to be relaxing, don’t let yours stress you out. Before you book check your passports and give yourself plenty of time” concluded Fitzgerald.