The Irish Independent has today reported that the rush for Irish citizenship and passports in the UK reached a record high on the day British Prime Minister Theresa May signed the document paving the way for Britain's exit from the European Union.
On March 28, the day Mrs May signed the document triggering Article 50, 722 passport applications were received by the embassy and a further 578 applications were received on March 30 - the day after Mrs May declared to parliament that there "can be no turning back" from the formal move of Britain's divorce from the UK.
Furthermore, demand for Irish passports from people with Irish heritage in the UK soared by 94% in March compared to the same month last year. The surge in Irish passports from those living here has prompted the Irish Government to look to hire consultants to forecast the likely demand as the country's exit from the EU nears.
It has been estimated that there are 6.7 million people in the UK who are eligible to apply for an Irish passport.