Over a million passports were issued by the Irish Passport Office in 2022, setting a new annual record.

A total of 1,080,000 passports were issued this year, surpassing the previous record of 935,000 passports in 2019.

As in previous years, there were a significant number of applicants from Northern Ireland and Britain.

Out of over 1.15 million applications received, just under 100,000 first-time applications were received from these regions.

Outside of applications from Ireland and Britain, the most online applications came from the US, Australia, Canada, New Zealand, France, Spain, Germany and South Africa.

The Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs, Micheál Martin, said that the extraordinary volumes of applications received was a direct result of pent-up demand due to the disruption to travel in 2020 and 2021.

In a statement, Mr Martin said that over 99% of all online renewal applications and paper applications were issued within the standard turnaround times.

He said 2023 is expected to be another busy year for the Passport Service.