The US Embassy in Ireland has confirmed that an investigation is now underway following reports that 11 passports have been stolen during a visa application process.
In a new system devised by the US Embassy in Dublin, the passports with approved visa applications are returned to owners via a courier delivery service. It is understood the passports went missing in a delivery on February 28 and have not been found.
The Irish Department of Foreign Affairs confirmed that they were "aware" that a number of passports had been taken.
"We are aware that a number of Irish passports were stolen while they were en route via courier from the US Embassy to citizens who had applied for a US visa.
"We will continue to monitor the situation closely and remain in touch with the US Embassy on it," the spokesperson said.
"We did have an incident. We had 11 passports which were taken," a US embassy spokesperson confirmed yesterday.
"It was reported immediately, and the visas were canceled. We got in touch with everybody who would have been affected right away," the spokesperson continued.
Independent.ie reports that the embassy's spokesperson added,"We tried our best to make sure there was as minimal disruption as possible."