Taoiseach must answer for the Public Services Card fiasco – McDonald

Responding to the call from the Data Protection Commissioner for greater transparency from government on the Public Services Card Sinn Féin Deputy Leader Mary Lou McDonald has called on the Taoiseach to make a statement clarifying the collective government’s plans for the card and the legislative basis for its requirement by various departmental agencies.

The Dublin Central TD said:

“People have genuine concerns and legitimate questions about the true purpose of the Public Services Card.

“Recent statements by the Minister for Social Protection have only served to muddy the waters even further.

“The reality is if a person wants to travel or drive their car they will have to register for the Public Services Card, rendering it in effect a compulsory national identity card.

“Big questions have been raised about how all this personal information will be stored, who can access it and what is the legislative basis on which registering for the card is required. None of these questions have been answered.

“Where is the government’s accountability to the people? They’re introducing a compulsory National ID Scheme with a nod and a wink. This is unacceptable.

“It’s time now for the Taoiseach to clarify the government’s plans for the roll out of the card and the legislative basis for its requirement across multiple department’s and agencies.” CRIOCH