Kerry TD wants airlines to seek passport expiry dates at time of booking flights

A Kerry TD wants airlines to seek passport expiry dates at the time of booking flights.

Independent TD Michael Healy Rae questioned the Minister for Foreign Affairs, Simon Coveney, about issues in the Passport Service, including the printing of passports in Cork.

The Kerry TD raised it during parliamentary questions in the Dáil.

Deputy Michael Healy-Rae says the Department of Foreign Affairs should be encouraging airlines to ask people, when booking flights, for details of their passport’s expiry date.

He says such a measure would ensure people would have time to get a new passport well in advance of their flight.

The Kerry deputy also wants the department to create printing facilities in the Cork office; at present, passports can only be printed in Dublin.

In response, Tánaiste Simon Coveney says a public information campaign will begin early next month to advise people to check their passport’s expiry dates.

He adds there are no plans to add printing facilities in Cork.

Elsewhere, Deputy Healy-Rae has welcomed the recruitment of 80 staff to deal with the general increase in passport applications.