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Not all Government Departments backing the continued use of the Public Services Card - John Brady TD

19 September, 2019 - by John Brady TD


Sinn Féin spokesperson for Employment Affairs & Social Protection John Brady TD has welcomed the news that not all Government Departments are backing the Taoiseach and Minister Doherty on their insistence that the continued use of the Public Services Card outside of the Department of Employment Affairs & Social Protection is legal. 

Teachta Brady said:

“The Department of Foreign Affairs has confirmed that the Public Services Card will no longer be required by the Passport Office.

“Clearly, the Tánaiste and his Department do not have the same faith as the Taoiseach and Minister Doherty in the legalities around the continued use of the Public Services Card.

“The Data Commissioner has concluded that there is no legal basis for the Public Services Card to be a requirement by any other Department or State body beyond the Department of Employment Affairs & Social Protection.

“So, while on the one hand the findings of the Data Commissioner go ignored by this Government and her position undermined, on the other Departments are quietly stepping away from requiring the card in order to access other public services. Clearly, not all Departments and Ministers are convinced that the Data Commissioner has got it wrong.”

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