With many people heading on Holidays soon or booking trips away it is important to make sure you have your travel documents in order and to check your family's passports are in date before you book or travel.
Currently the Passport office have between 75,000 and 80,000 open applications in the system. Current Average Turnaround Times for Passport applications are as follows.
Online Passport Application. For renewal applications only and you must be aged 18 or over : 10 working days (2 weeks)
An Post Passport Express Renewal Applications: 16 working days (3.5 weeks)
An Post Passport Express First Time Application, Lost/Stolen/Damaged Replacements: 22 working days (1 months)
Northern Ireland/UK Passport Express Renewal Applications: 16 working days (3.5 weeks)
Northern Ireland/UK Passport Express First Time Application, Lost/Stolen/Damaged Replacements: 29 working days (6 weeks)
Should you need to apply for a passport it is important to remember
1. Apply early, at least six weeks before you are travelling, that way you will not be disappointed.
2. Use Passport Express if you are travelling within three weeks (allow 15/16 working days) or more. Otherwise if travelling in under 3 weeks make an appointment to attend the passport office in person, or if eligible, apply online @ www.dfa.ie/passportonline
In medical emergencies and exceptional family circumstances some passports can be expedited sooner.
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The importance of Voting:
The word “democracy” is Greek for “Government by the people.” The act of voting is at the heart of democracy. It is making a choice on the kind of government that you have.
Voting connects citizens with their political process. Voting helps choose our leaders. The simple act of marking a ballot paper tells our leaders what we think about decisions that affect our lives. Voting connects us to one another as citizens. By expressing our point of view, we help our democracy work. By agreeing or disagreeing with our leaders we show that the political system can accept differing points of view and can resolve them.
A democratic community can only survive if its citizens see participation in the political process as a duty and a responsibility. By Voting, each citizen participates in a process that might improve our country.
What Ireland needs is greater participation in the democratic process, especially by young people in the political process. We also need to persuade every citizen that taking part in the system is not a luxury – it is your duty as an Irish citizen.
Having outlined how important it is to vote, here are just some reasons
Why you should support Michael Lowry:
I have actively addresses the urgent need for job creation and enterprise support.
I continue to fight for access to improved hospital and healthcare services.
I have consistently worked for funding to provide properly resourced pre-school, primary, post primary and special needs education.
I assist with directing adequate Garda resources to the region to deal with crime and anti-social behaviour.
I represent the rights of the farming community, ensuring the viability of the farm family and rural economy.
I am constantly addresses your planning obstacles and assists those in need of housing.
I assist and supports community and voluntary groups to achieve their plans and objectives.
And most importantly, I am not just a face of Elections; I am constantly a feature in your community, striving to improve your lives and those of your family.