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Social Protection Department yet to reply to Data Commissioner’s request to publish  PSC report – John Brady TD

22 August, 2019 - by John Brady TD


Sinn Féin spokesperson for Employment Affairs & Social Protection John Brady TD has said that the seven days given to the Department of Social Protection by the Data Commissioner to advise on their intentions to publish the report into the Public Services Card is almost up with no contact from the Department.

Speaking having been in contact with the Office of the Data Commissioner, Teachta Brady said:

“Last Thursday the Data Commissioner wrote to the Department of Social Protection asking it to confirm, within seven days that it would publish the report into the PSC either on its own website or agree to its publication on the Data Commissioner’s website.

“Today is the seventh day and the Department has not replied. While they have until the end of the day, this request only relates to the publishing of the report, there is no excuse for this delay.

“Within the past week elected representatives and the public have been met with a wall of silence from Minister Doherty and her Department, it now appears the Data Commissioner has been treated likewise.

“This is totally unacceptable. A week has passed. The report must be published on the Department’s website immediately.

“To date, it looks like the Minister and her Department are not taking the findings of this report seriously. They are yet to take any actions whatsoever to show that they intend to comply with the Data Commissioner and that, is extremely concerning.”

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