There are hopes that Gardai in Ardee could soon provide an opening hours timetable for locals attempting to get passport applications signed.
The issue of local people in Ardee and in the surrounding areas being unable to get access to Ardee Gardai Station for such administrative tasks – due to a lack of a proper opening times schedule – is one that has left locals frustrated for years.
At Thursday’s meeting of the Joint Policing Committee, the matter was brought up by Sinn Fein councillor Tom Cunningham. Independent councillor Jim Tenanty said that a set timetable would faciliate families. “People work so often during the day doesn’t suit them and then 9-10pm is too late because they’re putting kids to bed,” he said.
Tenanty says that Ardee Gardai Superintendent Fergus Treanor agreed with the issues raised by the councillors and would look into providing a schedule for the public – depending on the officer manpower available to staff the station.
Before sending off your passport application, you need to have it witnessed by a Garda officer at your local station.
While there, you must sign Section 8 of the form in the presence of a Garda officer. Everyone aged seven and over must sign their own form. The Garda officer must complete Section 9 of the form, write the form number (found on Section 9 of the application) on the back of two of your four photo and finally sign and stamp the back of those two photos.
Access to Ardee Garda Station has for a long time been an issue for locals who wish to complete their passport applications – with no set opening times available for people to attend and get this necessary task over and done with.
Last month, the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade announced a new online portal for renewing passports. It’s available by clicking here.