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No excuse for Minister Doherty’s silence on PSC scandal - John Brady TD

17 August, 2019 - by John Brady TD

Sinn Féin spokesperson for Employment Affairs & Social Protection John Brady TD has said that there is no excuse for Minister Doherty’s silence on the Public Services Card scandal, given its findings did not come as news to her. 

Teachta Brady said:

“We have heard nothing from Minister Doherty in relation to serious failings outlined by the Data Commissioner in her report into the Public Services Card, which came to light yesterday. 

“The findings of this report have not come as news for Minister Doherty. She has had a draft report on her desk for one year. 

“Minister Doherty needs to at the very least, and in the first instance, accept the findings of the Data Commissioner’s report and commit to take immediate steps to implement all of the requirements as laid out in the report. 

“Yesterday on RTÉ Radio Minister Donohoe could not give a commitment that all data which has been held on the 3.2 million people who received a Public Services Card would be deleted, as per the instructions of the Data Commissioner. This is totally unacceptable. 

“Minister Doherty needs to come out of hiding. The public need answers and the taxpayer who footed a bill of about €60 million also deserves answers. 

“I am calling on Minister Doherty to make a full statement on what she intends to do in order to meet all requirements laid down by the Data Commissioner.

"The Minister must also make herself available to come before the Committee on Employment Affairs and Social Protection, which I will be requesting.”

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