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Ó Snodaigh rejects proposed national ID card

17 January, 2005

Sinn Féin Justice spokesperson, Aengus O Snodaigh TD has rejected the proposed national ID card scheme as it has "massive implications for civil liberties and privacy rights on this island."

Speaking in Dublin today he said: "The Minister indicates that he believes that he must introduce compulsory ID cards once the British have done so.

"The Minister says that such ID cards may contain biometric data and other information such as a person's PPS number. He has not indicated what the scope would be of the card's use, or the organisations that could demand its production. This proposal has massive implications for civil liberties and privacy rights on this island. The necessity of this infringement has not been demonstrated, and it should not go ahead.

"Furthermore, the Minister cannot force Irish people to carry national ID cards for the convenience of the British Government. What the Irish Government should be doing is seeking an exemption from this requirement for all those living on the island, and the failure to produce a national ID card must not be allowed to hinder freedom of movement on the island." ENDS

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