Thursday 21 September 2017

Identity cards would have us all running around in circles

ID card plan: Paschal Donohoe. Photo: Tom Burke
ID card plan: Paschal Donohoe. Photo: Tom Burke
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I don't often agree with Colette Browne, but I am four-square behind her in her comments about the new "identity card". Paschal Donohoe is right in that it is not compulsory to have a Public Services Card (PSC), however, the Department of Social Protection has been insisting that people have to have one to claim for or receive benefits.

It has been unable to provide any legislative basis for this stance and, in fact, the only legislation provided does not state that it is mandatory.

Neither the Departments of Foreign Affairs nor Transport has been able to provide a legislative basis that makes it mandatory to have a PSC to obtain a passport or driver's licence.

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