THE DELAYS in getting passports renewed has prompted phone calls for a local passport workplace to be set up in Donegal to provide the broader north west region.
With 200,000 going through delays nationally Cllr Michael McMahaon described the circumstance as a fiasco this week.
The Sinn Féin councillor put ahead a motion at Donegal County Council’s regular conference asking the local authority to generate to the Section of Overseas Affairs proposing the opening of a regional office environment in the county.
He reported even though he was not criticising the workers at the passport office environment he called on the regulator to intervene to offer with the backlog. He said people are paying several hours on the phone on maintain seeking to get answers.
Cllr McMahon also took the opportunity to enchantment to men and women to be certain that their passport is in get right before reserving a holiday getaway.
“I think it is time we glimpse seriously at this. I consider the regulator ought to be in demand of it,” he reported.
“I would recommend that we convey this into Donegal exactly where we could cater for Sligo, Leitrim, Fermanagh and Derry. It is about time that the department usually takes inventory of what is going on.”
He mentioned it is not excellent ample soon after two and a half several years of lockdown when persons want to journey to see kinfolk or take a vacation.
“How the passport office environment bought into this problem I will in no way know. It’s an unbelievable situation,” he reported.
“It is fully unacceptable in this day and age.”
The motion was seconded by Cllr Liam Doherty who reported an business in the north west would take the force off Dublin.
“There is no councillor or TD in Donegal that has not designed some representation for individuals for passport renewals. This is producing households tension.”
It was agreed that the Council will create to the Office of Foreign Affairs about the proposal.
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Posted: 10:00 am June 5, 2022