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# simon-mcgarr - Thursday 12 October, 2017

'We were bad, what Ireland is doing is 10 times worse' - International experts unimpressed with Public Services Card

A public meeting on the Public Services Card yesterday heard that the more data protection in Ireland changes, the more it stays the same.

# simon-mcgarr - Tuesday 5 September, 2017

Watch: The Public Services Card - should we care? PSC This post contains videos

Watch: The Public Services Card - should we care?

Earlier this afternoon Irish Times columnist Noel Whelan and Digital Rights Ireland’s Simon McGarr had a frank exchange of views on the issue at TheJournal.ie HQ.

# simon-mcgarr - Monday 4 September, 2017

Got questions or stories about the Public Services Card? We want to hear from you

We’re holding a Facebook Live on Tuesday evening and we want to hear what you have to say on the subject.

# simon-mcgarr - Sunday 3 September, 2017

It's his baby, so where on earth is Paschal Donohoe on the PSC?

Minister for Public Expenditure Paschal Donohoe is as culpable as anyone when it comes to the furore surrounding the Public Services Card. So why is he keeping such a low profile?

# simon-mcgarr - Saturday 15 July, 2017

Pretty soon you're going to need this card to do a whole load of important things in Ireland - but why?

Applying for a passport and a driver’s licence will soon require the Public Services Card – but that’s only the beginning.

# simon-mcgarr - Saturday 7 February, 2015

'We know more about the cows in the field than the children in our schools' POD

'We know more about the cows in the field than the children in our schools'

Parents are voicing their concerns over the Primary Online Education being rolled out in schools across the country.

# simon-mcgarr - Tuesday 12 November, 2013

How will the new Freedom of Information charges compare to other countries?

We look at how Ireland compares to the two other countries that charge upfront for FOI requests.

# simon-mcgarr - Wednesday 30 October, 2013

Silicone in controversial PIP breast implants won't cause cancer says report

A European Commission report confirmed that no toxins are present in the implants, but that removal should be considered under certain circumstances.

# simon-mcgarr - Friday 16 August, 2013

Government acknowledges section of new FOI bill 'may cause difficulties'

The Department of Public Expenditure and Reform will consider if section 17 of the new FOI bill needs to be altered in the wake of correspondence from the Information Commissioner.

Government insists new FOI bill does not intend to 'uninvent computers'

Transparency activists have raised concerns about a provision in the new Freedom of Information Bill but the government has insisted their interpretation of the bill is not what the proposed legislation intends.

# simon-mcgarr - Saturday 5 January, 2013

Oireachtas to question newspapers over 'paying for linking'

Labour TD Seán Kenny is asking the National Newspapers of Ireland (NNI) to appear before an Oireachtas committee to explain its stance on linking.

# simon-mcgarr - Friday 4 January, 2013

Column: Newspapers are seeking to outlaw the free exchange of ideas

Solicitor Simon McGarr writes on Women’s Aid, NNI and newspaper linking – an issue you can read about pretty much everywhere, except for in a newspaper.

# simon-mcgarr - Tuesday 29 May, 2012

TDs, tech and legal experts seek to crowdsource copyright review submission

The Copyright Review Committee is examining current copyright legislation in Ireland in the wake of the controversial statutory instrument signed into law earlier this year.

# simon-mcgarr - Tuesday 3 April, 2012

Sherlock: Some criticism of copyright law is general anti-government sentiment

In a discussion on copyright today, Junior Minister Sean Sherlock said the Attorney General was never shown a copy of an alternative proposal for copyright law in Ireland.

WATCH: Seán Sherlock participates in debate on digital rights Internet Freedom This post contains videos

WATCH: Seán Sherlock participates in debate on digital rights

The junior minister participated in a Digital Rights Forum with reps from Boards.ie, Irish ISPs and StopSOPAIreland.com.

# simon-mcgarr - Monday 2 April, 2012

Sherlock agrees to attend debate with organiser of anti-’SOPA’ petition

Following a ‘change of heart’, Seán Sherlock agrees to attend a discussion featuring the solicitor behind an 80,000-name petition.

# simon-mcgarr - Friday 17 September, 2010

Your Country Your Call denies breaking political lobbying laws Lobbying

Your Country Your Call denies breaking political lobbying laws Exclusive

The competition says it does not need to register as a lobby group, and confirms a government contribution of €300,000.