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The Irish Foreign
Affairs Department has decided not to recall 2.5 million Irish
passports issued before 2005 in the aftermath of the assassination of
Mahmoud al-Mabhouh in Dubai earlier this year, when eight forged Irish
passports were used by members of the suspected hit team, the daily
Irish Times reported on Friday.Ireland expelled an Israeli diplomat on June, in reaction to the Mabhouh assassination.
The department's Passport Service
had considered recalling the documents after it emerged that all the
forged passports were imitations of the Irish passports issued before
sophisticated security features were added to the document in 2005.
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recall cost, estimated at 40 million euros, was the prime reason for
the decision against issuing a passport recall, according to the Irish Times
report. The high estimated cost for the recall was determined based in
part on the logistical problems that would be caused by attempting to
add 2.5 million passport requests to the current processing load at the
The move was an expression of displeasure by the Irish government over
the use of forged Irish and other countries' passports in the suspected
Mossad hit, though Irish Foreign Minister Michael Martin stated that
Dublin had not found any direct evidence connecting Israel to the use of
Irish passports. The decision to expel the diplomat, he said, was
prompted by evidence found by other countries whose passports had been
forged, which implicated Israel in the act.