NO ONLINE PASSPORTS.
PLANS for an online system which would allow the renewal of passports over the internet have been shelved due to funding costs.
Tanaiste Eamon Gilmore has revealed that the passport office had been looking into the possibility but said that it was proving too costly to implement.
He explained: "Given the pressures on the public finances, I believe there may be challenges in taking on a project of this size in the immediate future."
Minister Gilmore said there was also risks involved in an online system.
He added: "I should also point out that the development of a fully online passport application system does not come without risk. The changes would be radical, complex and ground-breaking internationally.
"No international passport agency has developed a comprehensive online application system.
"Some have provided a system that allows applicants to print a form and return to the relevant agency.
"However, it is interesting to note that the leading passport agencies internationally have not progressed significantly beyond this stage."
Too costly... Gilmore