A NEW ID card to track people claiming social welfare payments is set to be rolled out by the Department of Social Protection later this month.
Around 7,000 people in parts of Dublin, Offaly and Sligo have already received the new Public Services Card, which will use facial identification software and an electronic signature to verify the holder’s identity.
The Irish Council for Civil Liberties has previously dismissed the ID cards as a “costly political stunt”, while the estimated €24 million cost has also been criticised. However Minister Joan Burton has said it will reduce levels of social welfare fraud and make it harder for people to use false identities.
So here’s the question: Is the new Public Services Card a good idea?