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Minister Doherty’s silence on Public Services Card is unacceptable – John Brady TD

19 August, 2019 - by John Brady TD


Sinn Féin Social Protection spokesperson John Brady TD has said the government needs to be open and honest about its plans for the Public Services Card and whether or not it intends to introduce a National Identification Card.

Teachta Brady said it is not acceptable that we still haven’t heard from Minister Regina Doherty four days after this story broke.

Speaking today Teachta Doherty said;

“Whatever about the government’s original intentions, it is clear now that the Public Services Card can only be used for services from the Department of Social Protection.

“The government now needs to be open and honest about its plans for the Public Services Card and whether or not it intends to introduce a National Identification Card.

“If it does then it needs to outline these plans clearly for all to see including what information will be held, how it will be held and for how long it will be held for.

“It is unacceptable that we still have not heard from Minister Regina Doherty four days after this story first broke.

“The Minister arrogantly ignored the concerns of the opposition and other groups in relation to this card.

“Minister Doherty needs to publicly state that the government was wrong to force so many people into applying for this card, that she accepts the findings of the investigation into status of this card and that she will implement the recommendations including destroying all information that is currently being held without any legal basis to do so.”

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