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Aer Lingus Regional Founder Calls For Reinvention Of Passport Application System.

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he Irish Travel Agents Association says the measure is needed, as current delays are unacceptable.

There are calls for the passport offices in Dublin and Cork to reopen immediately, to try to address lengthy backlogs.

The Irish Travel Agents Association says the measure's needed - as current delays are unacceptable.

To date in 2021, the Passport Service has received almost 400,000 passport applications, including 2,393 in Kildare.

The ITAA says people are being forced to cancel their holidays, as many passport applications are taking at least eight weeks to process.

The association wants the backlog cleared immediately, but Padraig Ó Ceidigh, the founder of Aer Lingus Regional, says that's not possible.

And, he says, the processing of passports should be 'reinvented' to radically reduce turnaround times

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