We hear from a tipster on the Emerald Isle that there has already been a measurable impact from last week’s Brexit vote — the number of applications for Irish passports has skyrocketed. Many Brits have at least one Irish parent (and everyone born in Northern Ireland has the right to Irish citizenship if they want it), but while the UK was part of the European Union, there was no need to bother getting Irish citizenship. But with the UK departing, many of those who wish to remain in Europe are applying at a rate of knots to take up the Irish option.

The spike has been so pronounced that the Irish government has run out of applications — and blank passports. Irish pollies have pleaded with the British imports to hold off on applying until the small nation can get a handle on demand (and those who need passports urgently will be able to get them).

How fitting that 100 years after the Easter Rising, the Brits are invading Ireland yet again.

Peter Fray

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