Published Monday, 30 September 2013
The new Irish passport features a map of the whole island. (© PA)
It includes verses in Ulster Scots and features a map of the whole island of Ireland for the first time, with images of iconic landmarks such as Croagh Patrick and Croke Park.
Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore described the symbols in the document as "all-island images".
He explained: "In relation to Northern Ireland, we have on page three a map of the full island, the extract of article two of the Constitution, which makes it clear that entitlement to an Irish passport is for anybody who was born on the island of Ireland.
"Images of Croagh Patrick and the Rock of Cashel feature alongside drawings depicting Irish music and dance and Gaelic games. The passport features poems from three of this island's finest poets: Nuala ní Dhomhnaill, William Butler Yeats, and James Orr."
Around 630,000 passports were issued in total in 2012, of which some 40,000 applications were received through the Northern Ireland Passport Express channel.
All passports issued from 3 October will feature the new design.
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