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Sinn Féin will vigorously oppose compulsory ID Cards

16 July, 2005


Sinn Féin National Chairperson and MEP for Dublin Mary Lou McDonald has said the party will "vigorously oppose the imposition of British identity cards in the Six Counties and state identity cards in the 26 Counties." She said the Irish Government "should be demanding that these cards are not introduced in the Six Counties never mind the 26 Counties."

Speaking in Dublin today she said, "The British government wants to impose a system whereby everyone will be required to carry a state identity card. The power of the state over every individual would be greatly increased while the so-called 'security services' would control a bank of information that hitherto they have only dreamed of.

"This plan will place information on all persons under British government jurisdiction in one place. The dangers if anyone broke into that system from outside are obvious. But the power that will be put in the hands of the State itself is even more worrying

"In Ireland we know all too well how information is passed from British state forces to their loyalist paramilitary surrogates, something which has resulted in many deaths. For over 30 years people in the Six Counties have been subject to some of the most intense surveillance in the world. It is not acceptable that Irish citizens in the Six Counties would be forced to hold these cards.

"The Irish government now claims that if this card is introduced by the British then the 26-County state may have to follow suit. This is totally unacceptable. They should be demanding that these cards are not introduced in the Six Counties never mind the 26 Counties.

"Sinn Féin will vigorously oppose the imposition of British identity cards in the Six Counties and state identity cards in the 26 Counties." ENDS

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