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Can I apply for an Irish passport?

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LONDON — The surge of UK citizens applying for Irish passports ahead of Brexit shows no sign of slowing down.

The number of British citizens applying for Irish passports rose 22% in 2018, Ireland’s foreign office says, meaning the rate of applications has more than doubled since the UK voted to leave the EU in 2016.

Almost 100,000 eligible Britons applied, up from 81,000 last year and 46,000 in 2015.

That’s because acquiring a passport from the Republic of Ireland allows British citizens to retain their EU citizenship, leaving them free to travel and work on the continent after Brexit without visa restrictions.

For those British citizens who are interested in doing the same, Business Insider has taken a look at what you need to do to become an Irish citizen, leaving you free to get hold of your very own Irish passport.

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