I feel your pain. I’m in a similar position as I’m trying to get a passport for our youngest in good time for any possible escape later this year when things calm down.Just because we cannot travel at this point in time does not mean that we should not be able to renew our passports.
One thing that occurred to me was that for a new passport, a Garda signature is required. I suppose the State doesn’t want people out and about travelling to Garda stations for non-essential purposes, particular with travel bans and lockdowns.
But I’d have thought with some imagination and ingenuity, this issue could be overcome.
Alas, perhaps not.