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Irish Wolfhound Takes Centre Stage In New Passport Design

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The Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Minister for Defence, Micheál Martin TD, recently got a preview of the first image of Ireland’s new passport design. These initial drawings presented to the Tánaiste are the first steps in designing a new passport book based on public feedback.

The Tánaiste said: “It was important to see first-hand how the design team is transforming the public’s input into a coherent passport design. The Irish passport is a vital document of the Irish State that provides citizens with visa-free access to 192 countries. This redesign is fundamental to maintaining the integrity and reputation of the Irish passport worldwide.”

“As well as seeing the initial designs, I was also delighted to meet Boánn, the majestic wolfhound, who has inspired some of the intricate artwork that will feature in our next generation passport”, the Tánaiste continued. “The Irish wolfhound was the most popular animal chosen by the public in our recent public consultation and will feature prominently in our new passport. We share this island with a rich variety of plant life and a diverse range of animals and I look forward to seeing future design concepts as they progress.”

Early draft sketch of the Irish wolfhound for inclusion in the next passport.

The Tánaiste concluded by reminding citizens to check their passport: “I would encourage anyone who is considering travel over the Easter break or this summer to check that their passport is in date, and to use Passport Online if they need to renew their passport or apply for the first time. Passport Online is the fastest and most convenient way to apply for your passport.”



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