A surge in passport applications has continued with the number of those applying for Irish passports in the first three months of this year up 26% on the same period last year.

Figures from the Department of Foreign Affairs show that requests from Britain and Northern Ireland were up 68% in the first quarter.

The decision of the UK to leave the EU is thought to be a large factor in the increased demand for Irish passports.

Between January and March 2017, 51,000 applications were received from the UK, compared with 30,000 last year.

If the current surge continues, it is expected that applications will pass the one million mark in 2017.