The Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs, Micheál Martin TD, released a report on the public consultation on the design of the new Irish passport book and card.
Over 15,000 people worldwide took part in the public consultation, giving their view on what native flora and fauna should be featured in the new passport.
Speaking, the Tánaiste said, “I am delighted to release the report on the passport design public consultation. The insights provided by the public are invaluable to my department, and will guide the look of the inside of the final book when it is launched.”
“We share our island with a rich array of indigenous flora and fauna and I look forward to seeing a wide range of them represented in our next passport book. The Irish Wolfhound, Red Squirrel and Red Deer were the top three fauna selected, while the shamrock, gorse and bluebell were the top flora choices. These choices and many more are now being developed into a final design concept which will feature in the new passport book. I encourage everyone to read the final report which is available on Ireland.ie.”
The Tánaiste concluded, “with over 1 million passport applications received so far this year, 2023 was another busy year for the Passport Service. Looking ahead to the Christmas period and into 2024, I would remind citizens who are planning to travel to check their passport is in date, and if they need to apply for a new passport, to use Passport Online. Over 90 percent of citizens now use Passport Online as it is the quickest, cheapest and most efficient way to apply for your passport.”