Government introducing mandatory National ID Card by the back door, where’s the accountability? – McDonald

Sinn Féin Deputy Leader Mary Lou McDonald has today described Fine Gael’s attempts to introduce a mandatory National ID Card by the back door as a textbook example of a government that believes it is not accountable to the people

The Dublin Central TD said:

“By refusing to sign up for the Public Services Card and losing out on her pension as a result the elderly woman in question has done us all a great service by shining a spotlight on the government’s attempts to introduce a mandatory National ID Card by the backdoor.

“There are a number of government agencies now refusing to provide important personal documentation and services such as passports and driver theory tests unless applicants have a Public Services Card.

“Where is the necessary public scrutiny and debate regarding the very significant privacy and data protection rights concerns associated with the introduction of a mandatory National ID Card? On what legal basis are departmental agencies enabled to make the Public Services Card a mandatory requirement?

“Introduction of a mandatory ID system by the bad door flies in the face of good governance and public administration. Ministers’ refusal to come clean on the purpose of the Public Service Card is a textbook example of a government that believes it is not accountable to the people.” CRIOCH