The government should not be buying Irish citizens’ passports and stamping them on their ID cards, it has been suggested.
A joint statement from the government and the Irish National Museum says the government is not interested in stamping passports for the Irish people, but instead wants to keep them.
The statement also said the government has no plans to change the Irish passport system, which has become a popular way of travelling abroad and which has been criticised by some as being a hindrance to travel and tourism.
The government has previously said it does not want to change passport-holding requirements and said it would only consider changes if the need arose.
The museum statement said it was important that all citizens of Ireland are able to travel freely abroad and expressed the government’s belief that passport-holders are able and willing to travel.
The decision to allow passports to be purchased by the public and issued by the National Museum is an important step in the Government’s efforts to make the island of Ireland a more attractive destination for tourists.
It comes after the release of the government-appointed experts report into the cost of passports in the run-up to the referendum last year.
It concluded that there were too many restrictions and a lack of clarity about the stamping requirements to allow passport-buyers to make an informed decision.
The Irish passport has been a key issue in the referendum campaign, with the Government and the Nationalists arguing that stamping the passport is unnecessary, and that the stamps would be a deterrent to passport-buying.