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Passport of Irish born child

When can I apply for my child’s Irish passport? I have IBC Status since 2006, the same year my child was born. Blanca.

Hi Blanca.

 

Every Irish citizen* is entitled to a passport.  And that includes children of any age. So if, Blanca, your child is an Irish citizen then you are entitled to apply immediately on his or her behalf. If a child is over 18 then they should make the application themselves because they are adults.

 

*Note – Since the broadcast a listener has pointed out that an Irish born child born after 1st January 2005 is not automatically entitled to a passport because they are not defined as citizens. This does not mean that Blanca's child won't get a passport if she applies but it does mean that her child does not automatically qualify because her child was born in 2006. However under the various international treaties (European Convention on Human Rights, the United Nations Charter, The Treaty of Rome and other EU accession treaties etc)  the position may be different particularly if an Irish Government refusal of a passport would render the child without citizenship of any country. This might happen if an Irish born child of an immigrant couple would not be entitled to citizenship in the country (or countries) of origin of the parents.

 

To see the rules visit the Department of Foreign Affairs Website at http://www.dfa.ie/home/index.aspx?id=263

To see the Irish Constitutional amendment - Article 9 (2) visit:

http://www.taoiseach.ie/eng/Youth_Zone/About_the_Constitution,_Flag,_Anthem_Harp/Constitution_of_IrelandNov2004.pdf and scroll down to read the relevant Article.

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