People in Derry have been urged to leave plenty of time for Irish passport applications for their summer holidays as their is a large delay in place due to Brexit.

Sinn Fein Derry City and Strabane District Councillor Colly Kelly said: "Over the last week, I have had a number of people contact me as they have not received their Passports in the time scheduled.

"We have been advised today that there are major delays with passport processing as there are over 60,000 passports currently in the system. Brexit is having a major impact as thousands of applications are coming in from The 6 counties!

"The standard '15 day Passport Express' is not returning Passports in this time frame.

"Therefore, please make sure to give them at least 28-35 working days to return your Passport before you travel until further notice. Allow extra time for lost passports and new passports for under 18s.

"If your date of travel clashes with this 28 working days advice, then please log onto https://www.passportappointments.ie/ and book an appointment with the Passport Office Directly in Dublin. For now, this is the only way you can be guaranteed to receive a Passport before you fly."

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