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Poll: Do you agree with the rollout of the Public Services Card?

Experts have accused the Government of attempting to introduce a national identity card “by stealth”.

A PUBLIC SERVICES card will soon be needed in order to access a whole range of state services.

Originally required solely by social welfare recipients, a valid PSC will soon be needed for Irish citizens to apply for a passport, driving licence and is already needed when applying to take a driver’s theory test.

The reasoning behind using a single identity card being for all governments has its roots in modern-day best-data-practice (as a safeguard against identity theft).

Despite a card being needed to access a range of state services (with more to be added soon), the government has insisted that it will not be compulsory to own one.

However, privacy and data protection experts have argued that the PSC represents the introduction of a National Identity Card “by stealth”.

But what do you think?

Today we’re asking, Do you agree with the rollout of the Public Services Card?

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Cormac Fitzgerald

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