Sunday 24 September 2017

Argument against national identity card is already obsolete

Passport cards are already in use. Picture credit; Damien Eagers
Passport cards are already in use. Picture credit; Damien Eagers
Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor

I am surprised by the criticism towards national identity cards that was shown throughout your paper (Irish Independent, August 30), with the issue not helped with error given as fact.

Shane Coleman's comment piece 'Logic, not emotion, should shape the Public Services Card debate', which appears to be carefully structured as a factual article, nevertheless makes a key mistake in saying that: "Ireland is one of only three European countries without a national ID card."

It's actually four countries, within the European Economic Area (EEA), that do not issue any sort of identity card: the United Kingdom (except for Gibraltar, which has its own identity card), Denmark, Iceland and Norway, with the latter expected to introduce its own card from April 1, 2018.

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