Passport questions

I spoke at length today with Fine Gael TD, David Stanton regarding the ‘special’ passport service operated by TDs from Dail Eireann (See here). He has agreed to table a number of Dail questions on the issue such as;

Why does the scheme exist?

How many passports have been issued by TDs in the last 12 months/2 years?

How many civil servants are working in the Passport Office on the service?

Is there a cost associated with the service?

Has the Minister any intention of discontinuing the service?