passports use the standard EU design, with a machine-readable identity page and 32, 48 or 64 visa pages. The cover bears the harp, the national symbol of Ireland. The words on the cover are in both of Ireland's official languages, Irish and English. The top of the cover page reads "An tAontas Eorpach" and the equivalent in English, "European Union". Just above the harp are the words "Éire" and its equivalent in English, "Ireland". The identity page on older Irish passports was on the back cover of the booklet. Newly-issued passports have been redesigned with additional security features. The identity page is now a plastic card attached between the front cover and the first visa page.
The ePassport or
biometric passport, was launched on 16 October 2006with the first ePassports presented that day by the Minister for Foreign Affairs. [ [http://foreignaffairs.gov.ie/Press_Releases/20061016/2184.htm Minister for Foreign Affairs, Dermot Ahern TD, Launches new ePassport, 16th October 2006] ] .
Identity information page
The Irish passport includes the following data:
* Photo of passport holder.
* Type (P)
* Country (IRL)
* Passport No.
* 1. Surname
* 2. Forename(s)
* 3. Nationality
* 4. Date of Birth
* 5. Sex
* 6. Place of birth (county of birth if born in Ireland, country of birth if born elsewhere.)
* 7. Date of issue
* 8. Date of expiry
* 9. Authority
* 10. Signature
The information page ends with the machine readable zone.
The passports contain a note from the issuing state, addressed to the authorities of all other states, identifying the bearer as a citizen of that state and requesting that he or she be allowed to pass and be treated according to international norms. The note inside the passport states:
:"Iarrann Aire Gnóthaí Eachtracha na hÉireann ar gach n-aon lena mbaineann ligean dá shealbhóir seo, saoránach d'Éirinn, gabháil ar aghaidh gan bhac gan chosc agus gach cúnamh agus caomhnú is gá a thabhairt don sealbhóir."
:"The Minister for Foreign Affairs of Ireland requests all whom it may concern to allow the bearer, a citizen of Ireland, to pass freely and without hindrance and to afford the bearer all necessary assistance and protection."
The data page/information page is printed in Irish, English and French. Each detail includes a reference number (e.g. "1 SLOINNE/SURNAME/NOM"). This reference number can be used to look up translations into any other EU language (as of issuance) on a passport-included page.
The latest Irish passports have security features to make them difficult to forge or be mistaken as forgeries. They have also been optimised for machine reading.
The identity page of the passport has been moved to the front of the passport, and is now printed on a plastic card. This allows easier machine reading of the passport, as the official has to spend less time finding the identity page in the passport. The top-right corner of the passport contains the biometric chip, which contains a copy of the information contained on the identity page, and a facial scan of the holder. To prevent unauthorised parties remotely accessing the information stored in the
RFIDbiometric chip, the machine readable zone of the identity page must be scanned to unlock it. [ [http://dfa.ie/home/index.aspx?id=3030 "ePassports FAQs" Department of Foreign Affairs] ] This safeguard is known as Basic Access Control.
The title of the identity page "Éire/Ireland/Irlande" "Pas/Passport/Passeport" is printed in colour-changing ink, which varies from light green to gold-red, depending on the angle of the light shining on it. The background of the identity page is a complex celtic design, with the words "Éire Ireland" occasionally woven into the design.
The identity picture is now greyscale, and is digitally printed onto the surface of the page, rather than the actual photos sent by the applicant being pasted onto the page. The Irish harp is superimposed as a hologram onto the bottom right corner of the photograph. The words "Éire Ireland" are embossed several times into either side of the identity page. This embossing partially covers the photograph as an added security measure. A likeness of the photograph of the applicant is pin-punched into the surface of the identity page, and can be viewed when the identity page is held to light.
Under UV light fluorescing fibres are visible on every page except the data page. Careful examination yields page numbers on the left hand side of the left page, and vice versa for the right hand page. As you progress through the pages the numbers shift downward until on the last page they are near the bottom.
Rights to a passport
Irish passports may be issued to individuals holding Irish nationality; the Republic of Ireland extends its nationality law to
All Irish citizens have a constitutional right to an Irish passport, subject to certain limitations [ [http://www.foreignaffairs.gov.ie/uploads/documents/section%2015%20and%2016%20manual%20english.doc Department of Foreign Affairs - Issue of Passports to Irish Citizens (SECTION 10.4 ELIGIBILITY) ] ] . Passports are generally valid for 10 years; children may apply for 3- or 5-year passports (depending on their age).
* [http://www.foreignaffairs.gov.ie/home/index.aspx?id=253 Republic of Ireland Department of Foreign Affairs Passport Office]
Wikimedia Foundation. 2010.
Look at other dictionaries:
Irish nationality law — is the law of the Republic of Ireland governing citizenship. A person may be an Irish citizen through birth, descent, marriage to an Irish citizen or through naturalisation. Irish nationality law is currently contained in the provisions of the … Wikipedia
passport — noun ADJECTIVE ▪ valid ▪ full (BrE) ▪ a full British passport (= one showing that sb has all the rights of British citizenship) ▪ fake, false, forged … Collocations dictionary
Irish Argentine — Infobox Ethnic group group = Irish Argentines caption = Notable Irish Argentines Guillermo Brown·Che Guevara·Norma Nolan poptime = 500,000 popplace = Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires Province, Córdoba, Entre Ríos, Santa Fe langs = Predominantly in… … Wikipedia
Irish Literature — • It is uncertain at what period and in what manner the Irish discovered the use of letters. It may have been through direct commerce with Gaul, but it is more probable, as McNeill has shown in his study of Irish oghams, that it was from the… … Catholic encyclopedia
Passport — For other uses, see Passport (disambiguation). Different types of passports issued in Latvia … Wikipedia
Irish Republican Police — The Irish Republican Police (I.R.P.) was the police force of the 1919 1922 Irish Republic and was administered by the Department for Home Affairs of that government.FoundationThe I.R.P. was founded between April and June 1920 under the authority… … Wikipedia
Names of the Irish state — The front cover of an Irish passport showing the name of the state in its two official languages. There have been various names of the Irish state, some of which have been controversial. The constitutional name of the contemporary state is… … Wikipedia
Malian passport — Malian passports are issued to citizen of Mali to travel outside of the country. It is the only primarily proof for international travel. It can also be used for identification in national registration card or drivers license. It is also the… … Wikipedia
Early Irish literature — Contents 1 The earliest Irish authors 2 The Old Irish glosses 3 Existing manuscript literature 3.1 Early Irish epic or saga … Wikipedia
2008 in Irish music — This is a summary of the year 2008 in the Irish music industry. Summary January * On Wednesday January 9 the nominations for Irish Album of the Year 2007 were announced. [cite web|url=http://www.rte.ie/arts/2008/0110/choicemusicprize.html|title=… … Wikipedia