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Minister Doherty’s contempt for Data Commissioner’s findings into Public Services Card ‘astonishing’ – John Brady TD

4 September, 2019 - by John Brady TD

Sinn Féin spokesperson for Employment Affairs & Social Protection John Brady TD has described Minister Regina Doherty’s contempt for the Data Commissioner’s findings following a lengthy investigation into the Public Services Card (PSC) as ‘astonishing’.

Speaking following comments made by Minister Doherty this morning, Teachta Brady said:

“After waiting almost three weeks for Minister Doherty to come out and answer questions in relation to the report into the PSC, she has now left us with more questions, than answers.

“Minister Doherty has shown utter contempt for the Office of the Data Protection Commissioner whose primary role is to uphold the fundamental right of individuals to have their personal data protected. That is exactly what the Commissioner has done in relation to the PSC.

“Not only is Minister Doherty dismissing the findings of the Data Commissioner but also, considering legal action through the courts with legal fees to be paid courtesy of the taxpayer.

“Having consistently committed to publishing the Data Commissioner’s report into the PSC, Minister Doherty is now using the excuse of needing to meet with the Commissioner before publishing the report.

"This is totally unreasonable - no meeting will have any bearing on the contents of the report which we, as elected representatives, organisations such as the ICCL and the public are entitled to see. The publication of this report is now overdue.

“I again call on Minister Doherty to publish the report into the Public Services Card as she had promised to do two weeks ago once she had considered its contents.”

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