The Irish travel industry is in the grip of a crisis.
The number of passport applications submitted by travellers has soared in the past few years, and many of the countries where travel is not compulsory are now refusing to issue new passports.
A new visa regime that was introduced in 2017, and which has since been extended for two years, is now being used to discourage people from travelling.
The new visa rules, which are meant to improve the flow of visas, were meant to help prevent people from entering countries with high unemployment rates, poor economic conditions and other issues that would lead to a stampede.
But they are causing a massive increase in applications.
In 2017, the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) estimated that around 4,500 applications were received by the agency in the first two months of this year.
This has sparked fears that the system is being abused, with a number of Irish nationals, particularly those with families in other EU countries, opting to travel in order to get visas.
“We’ve been told we’re not being given a fair hearing,” said Tom Murphy, an entrepreneur from Cork.
“It’s an utter sham, it’s a joke.
I don’t know how many people in Ireland, even people who have passports, can travel overseas without the need for a visa.”
This is a major issue for Irish travellers who rely on their own resources and are often the only people who will be able to pay for a ticket.
The new rules were initially supposed to go into effect in April this year, but the Department is now expected to extend the rule for another two years.
According to Tom Murphy’s company, Murphy’s Irish Travel, the new visa scheme has led to an increase in applicants from more than a third of applicants, who were initially being given the option to apply for a travel permit on the basis that they would be able travel.
However, the Government says that only about a third, or around 400, of those applicants have been able to apply.
Despite the increase in application, however, the Irish Department of External Affairs and Communications (DfEAC) insists that it is working on a new system for visa issuance.
DfEAAC Director of International Affairs, Stephen Byrne, said that the new system is meant to encourage more Irish travellers to travel, saying that “we will continue to work with our partners to help the Government improve the system so that more people can travel in the future.”
However he also admitted that the Department has had to make adjustments in the visa process, adding that the rules have been designed to be flexible, allowing applications to be changed if necessary.
Diversity Irish people are becoming increasingly diverse as a result of a rise in migration, which is partly driven by increased immigration from China, but also by the EU’s quota system.
In the last decade, around 15% of the total population in Ireland has migrated to the EU, with around 20% of them settling in Northern Ireland.
Since 2015, there has been a significant increase in the number of people who are either Irish citizens or permanent residents who are applying for Irish visas.
However, the number has increased more rapidly than the number who are currently able to travel abroad, with the average number of applications per person from 2011 to 2015 being just over 4,000.
More recent figures from DfEAT suggest that there are now around 7,000 people who apply for Irish passports each year, and it is likely that this number will continue growing in the coming years.
In 2018, there were 7,300 applications for passports from the EU and Ireland, compared to just under 5,000 applicants in 2017.
There is no evidence that the number is increasing, but some have argued that the Government should relax the rules in order for more people to apply and be granted a visa.
Currently, the average age of a passport applicant is 29, but in 2018, it was 30, and the average application for a passport was in the region of 5,600, with about one in four applications coming from under 25 years of age.
But while the number may have increased, there is no clear evidence that this has led people to seek other means of travel.
According to an article in the Irish Independent, it is possible that many of those who have chosen to travel are simply not applying for a new visa, but are choosing to stay in Ireland because they have already had a family member or friend in another country who has a passport.
Some have argued for a further relaxation of the visa rules to allow people to travel for a short period of time, to visit family, friends or to visit loved ones in other countries.
Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar has promised to ease the rules so that Irish citizens will not be forced to apply to travel elsewhere.
He has also promised to work to encourage people to stay longer in Ireland and said that he will work to reduce the number that apply to a certain length of