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Has Taoiseach caved in on British ID cards? - Ó Caoláin

14 February, 2006

Sinn Féin Dáil leader Caoimhghin Ó Caoláin has expressed “very serious concern” at the Taoiseach’s response to his question in the Dáil on whether he will oppose the imposition of compulsory British state identity cards for all persons resident in the Six Counties. Ó Caoláin said he was also concerned that the Taoiseach did not rule out the imposition of similar cards in the 26 Counties on the back of the British measure.

Deputy Ó Caoláin said, “I put it to the Taoiseach that the British Parliament has taken a further step towards imposing compulsory ID cards on everyone within its jurisdiction, including the Six Counties. The British Home Secretary Charles Clarke made clear that compulsory ID cards for all is their intention.

“The Taoiseach should oppose the imposition of these cards on people anywhere in Ireland. He should make clear that such a police state scheme would be a nightmare in the North where information from British state sources is regularly passed on to loyalist paramilitaries.

“I am seriously concerned that the Taoiseach failed to clarify his position on these cards. He did not deny that it was his government’s intention to introduce such a scheme when the British bring it in, and to impose compulsory ID cards on people in the 26 Counties. Sinn Féin will strongly oppose any such measure, North and South.” ENDS

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