Thanks for this. It is interesting to read and gives some idea of what they are doing, at least insofar as the passport side of things is concerned. It doesn't mention FBR though - and until we get something tangible along these lines in relation to FBR, we all remain pretty much in the dark.
I've just gone onto Kildare St now and found this:
https://www.kildarestreet.com/wrans/?id ... FBR#g804.r
"The processing of Foreign Births Registration (FBR) applications has been temporarily paused as a result of COVID-19 related restrictions.
There are nearly 31,000 applications in the Foreign Births Registration (FBR) system that await processing at present. Prior to COVID-19 it took twelve to eighteen months to process applications. This was due to the complex
nature of FBR applications and the very high volume of applications due to Brexit.
The Passport Service will resume processing FBR applications as soon as the COVID Passport backlog is fully cleared. In cases of exceptional urgency the applicant may contact the Passport Service directly."
This a a direct quote from Simon Coveney and is dated 22/06/2021
I suppose it gives us a vague indication of their plans and tells us that they are prioritising passports - which I suppose is quite understandable - however it doesn't give us an idea of the timescale, either for clearing the backlog of passports or making inroads to the processing of the backlog of FBR applications. He states that people can contact the Passport Service directly "in cases of exceptional urgency" however many people's situations, my own included, are not "exceptionally" urgent, but merely urgent, and we would like to know a time frame that they appear to be declining to give. Let's see if Mr Coveney can spill some beans on this. I can't wait to go to Ireland! I keep going on Street View and Google Earth and checking out certain places but it's not the same. I suppose I should be thankful that my ancestry affords me the eligibility in accordance with the law. I just wish I knew a timescale, that's all. I am so sick of all this, I think I am starting to crack up and I just want to hold it together.