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#Public Services Card

# public-services-ccard - All time

Six months a-waiting - the PSC will finally be removed as a requirement for a theory test on 31 August
# Works In Theory
# Works In Theory

Six months a-waiting - the PSC will finally be removed as a requirement for a theory test on 31 August

Aug 5th 2018, 7:30 AM 22,059 Views 32 Comments

How much it’s costing to do so is another matter however.

Shane Ross has been telling people they don't need a PSC to get a theory test. But they do
# Crossed Wires
# Crossed Wires

Shane Ross has been telling people they don't need a PSC to get a theory test. But they do

Jul 22nd 2018, 8:30 PM 42,523 Views 49 Comments

While the RSA has committed to removing the need to have a PSC in order to get a test, the requirement remains in place.

'The deeper I go, the more concern I have' - Department of Transport worried over 'exposure' due to mandatory PSC
# Deep Impact
# Deep Impact

'The deeper I go, the more concern I have' - Department of Transport worried over 'exposure' due to mandatory PSC

Jun 5th 2018, 12:05 AM 48,956 Views 56 Comments

New documents show the department was concerned with the fallout from Shane Ross bringing a stop to efforts to make a PSC mandatory when applying for a driver’s licence.

Here's what the €2 million the RSA allocated to the PSC-driving licence project was actually spent on
# Driving In Circles
# Driving In Circles

Here's what the €2 million the RSA allocated to the PSC-driving licence project was actually spent on

May 19th 2018, 8:30 AM 26,611 Views 51 Comments

The RSA spent €2 million on making the PSC mandatory for driving licence applications – before Transport Minister Shane Ross pulled the plug over concerns doing so was illegal.

'They knew I wasn't going to go away' - State in second climbdown as adopted man finally receives PSC eight months later
# Battle Of Wills
# Battle Of Wills

'They knew I wasn't going to go away' - State in second climbdown as adopted man finally receives PSC eight months later

Apr 2nd 2018, 12:05 AM 40,362 Views 64 Comments

The man has long maintained that, in being denied a PSC because he refused to get an adoption certificate, he was in effect being discriminated against.

TDs and senators face Leinster House lockout unless they get Public Services Card
# PSC Gone Mad
# PSC Gone Mad

TDs and senators face Leinster House lockout unless they get Public Services Card

Apr 1st 2018, 8:30 AM 52,643 Views 50 Comments

PSC scanners have been fitted to doors of Dáil and Seanad chamber, the Dáil bar and canteen.

Woman applying for PSC asked for partner's name, date of birth, and how long they'd been living together
# Tmi
# Tmi

Woman applying for PSC asked for partner's name, date of birth, and how long they'd been living together

Mar 18th 2018, 10:00 PM 110,069 Views 221 Comments

Such questions appear to go beyond the remit of what can be asked of a person registering for the controversial Public Services Card.

Government seeking bids for design and production of PSC generation two
# Love Me Tender
# Love Me Tender

Government seeking bids for design and production of PSC generation two

Feb 24th 2018, 8:00 AM 14,896 Views 73 Comments

The PSC project shows no signs of slowing despite concerns over the card’s legality and its compliance with the forthcoming EU data protection regulation.

'If everything's fine, why's it being investigated?' - Social Protection peppered with tough questions over PSC
# The Third Degree
# The Third Degree

'If everything's fine, why's it being investigated?' - Social Protection peppered with tough questions over PSC

Feb 22nd 2018, 3:23 PM 27,662 Views 69 Comments

It emerged at today’s Oireachtas committee on social protection that roughly 450 people have had welfare payments suspended over failing to register for a Public Services Card.

You're going to need a PSC to get any kind of driving licence or learner permit from April
# Feature Creep
# Feature Creep

You're going to need a PSC to get any kind of driving licence or learner permit from April

Feb 20th 2018, 10:31 AM 92,236 Views 240 Comments

Driving licence applications will become the latest state process to be added to the Public Services Card’s remit in just under seven weeks.

'I felt totally lost': Department in u-turn over decision to deny Venezuelan man a Public Services Card
# Venezuela
# Venezuela

'I felt totally lost': Department in u-turn over decision to deny Venezuelan man a Public Services Card

Feb 20th 2018, 12:05 AM 24,345 Views 43 Comments

He was denied a PSC as a result of having an expired passport due to Venezuela’s printing shortage crisis.

The government wants to exempt itself from the EU's new hardcore data protection rules - but why?
# Trouble Brewing
# Trouble Brewing

The government wants to exempt itself from the EU's new hardcore data protection rules - but why?

Feb 18th 2018, 12:05 AM 35,537 Views 54 Comments

A new Data Protection Act has to be in place before the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) goes live in May – but the Irish state seems in no mood to align itself with Europe on the issue.

"It is the worst form of humiliation" - Woman denied Public Services Card due to adopted status
# PSC
# PSC

"It is the worst form of humiliation" - Woman denied Public Services Card due to adopted status

Jan 21st 2018, 12:05 AM 60,984 Views 108 Comments

“I just burst out crying,” the 50-year-old woman says. “I really think this is the highest form of discrimination.”

'My stupid mandatory but not compulsory line' - Regina Doherty on the rocky road of ministerial life
# Interview
# Interview

'My stupid mandatory but not compulsory line' - Regina Doherty on the rocky road of ministerial life

Dec 30th 2017, 6:15 AM 17,750 Views 44 Comments

From the Public Services Card to initiating a Garda investigation over Twitter abuse, it’s been an eventful six months for the Meath TD.

There were fears the PSC would become a “de facto” national ID card from the very outset
# Mandatory Not Compulsory
# Mandatory Not Compulsory

There were fears the PSC would become a “de facto” national ID card from the very outset

Dec 17th 2017, 12:05 AM 34,617 Views 94 Comments

Eight years ago, the Data Protection Commissioner (DPC) asked why the card needed to contain so much information and how they worried it would end up being demanded for all sorts of public services.

'I've had to tell more people in the last few months than in my entire life' - Man denied Public Services Card because he's adopted
# Singled Out
# Singled Out

'I've had to tell more people in the last few months than in my entire life' - Man denied Public Services Card because he's adopted

Nov 6th 2017, 12:05 AM 89,112 Views 106 Comments

“This shambolic process is now making me feel like a second class citizen – I’m being treated unequally because I’m adopted.”

'If you post one out I'll cut it up and send it back': The PSC has people both enraged and deeply confused
# Misinformationfest
# Misinformationfest

'If you post one out I'll cut it up and send it back': The PSC has people both enraged and deeply confused

Nov 4th 2017, 6:05 AM 44,048 Views 112 Comments

Both the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection and the Road Safety Authority have walked into a blizzard of criticism over the expansion of the Public Services Card (PSC).

'Have you tried actually applying for something with the Public Services Card? It's a painful experience'
# Tangled Up In Red
# Tangled Up In Red

'Have you tried actually applying for something with the Public Services Card? It's a painful experience'

Oct 21st 2017, 7:30 PM 30,994 Views 72 Comments

It’s hard to think of one way that the expansion of the card is making life easier for citizens.

Stopped welfare payments and getting a passport abroad - the Irish haven't been shy complaining about the PSC
# Sneaky Fashion
# Sneaky Fashion

Stopped welfare payments and getting a passport abroad - the Irish haven't been shy complaining about the PSC

Oct 18th 2017, 12:05 AM 39,527 Views 88 Comments

A great deal of ire has been directed at the government over the rollout of the card.

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

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

Oct 12th 2017, 6:00 AM 67,497 Views 67 Comments

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

Watch: The Public Services Card - should we care?
# PSC
# PSC

Watch: The Public Services Card - should we care?

Sep 5th 2017, 6:54 PM 11,855 Views 76 Comments

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.

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

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

Sep 4th 2017, 7:00 PM 13,264 Views 172 Comments

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

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

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

Sep 3rd 2017, 9:00 PM 21,461 Views 100 Comments

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?

Australia expands welfare card scheme that limits addicts' spending
# Goldfields
# Goldfields

Australia expands welfare card scheme that limits addicts' spending

Sep 2nd 2017, 7:15 AM 20,404 Views 64 Comments

Critics have called the idea an “attempt to manage the money and hence lives of people living below or near the poverty line”.

Taoiseach insists Public Services Card is not a national identity card
# Data Protection
# Data Protection

Taoiseach insists Public Services Card is not a national identity card

Aug 31st 2017, 12:03 PM 11,819 Views 137 Comments

The Data Protection Commissioner has voiced concerns about the government’s rollout of the card.

A row about ID cards lasted years and cost the UK billions. Then Theresa May scrapped them
# Identity Crisis
# Identity Crisis

A row about ID cards lasted years and cost the UK billions. Then Theresa May scrapped them

Aug 31st 2017, 6:00 AM 13,230 Views 120 Comments

Critics labelled it as an attempt to bring in a compulsory ID system ‘by stealth’. That argument may sound familiar…

Data Protection Commissioner calls for transparency over Public Services Card
# PSC
# PSC

Data Protection Commissioner calls for transparency over Public Services Card

Aug 30th 2017, 8:45 PM 28,408 Views 153 Comments

Social Protection Minister Regina Doherty earlier said the card will “give an improved, enhanced and effective service”.

Poll: Are you happy to give your data for a Public Services Card?
# What Do You Think
# What Do You Think

Poll: Are you happy to give your data for a Public Services Card?

Aug 30th 2017, 9:23 AM 45,450 Views 203 Comments

Are you happy to go through a face-to-face registration to get a card?

Hospitals, schools, jobs? Why the government's 'end goal' is for every adult to have a Public Services Card
# Identity
# Identity

Hospitals, schools, jobs? Why the government's 'end goal' is for every adult to have a Public Services Card

Aug 30th 2017, 12:05 AM 27,179 Views 116 Comments

Stories of people denied services for not having the Public Services Card have made the news. Here’s what you need to know about it.

Minister says Public Services Card is 'not compulsory but is mandatory for services'
# Flexible Friend
# Flexible Friend

Minister says Public Services Card is 'not compulsory but is mandatory for services'

Aug 25th 2017, 1:06 PM 34,747 Views 202 Comments

Social Protection Minister Regina Doherty says the card is mandatory for her department’s services.

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

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

Jul 16th 2017, 9:58 AM 38,183 Views 167 Comments

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

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

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

Jul 15th 2017, 12:05 AM 149,046 Views 157 Comments

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

Applying for a passport or driving licence? You'll soon need a Public Services Card to do so
# Data Protection
# Data Protection

Applying for a passport or driving licence? You'll soon need a Public Services Card to do so

May 22nd 2017, 2:38 PM 64,187 Views 119 Comments

The Department of Public Expenditure and Reform confirmed that the card will be needed to apply for a passport from autumn of this year.

Applying for a passport? New measures to combat identity theft are being introduced
# Public Services Card
# Public Services Card

Applying for a passport? New measures to combat identity theft are being introduced

Mar 10th 2016, 1:47 PM 36,539 Views 43 Comments

New measures by the Passport Service of Ireland will be introduced at the end of the month.

Countdown's over (finally), here's what you need to vote today
# Mark Your Card
# Mark Your Card

Countdown's over (finally), here's what you need to vote today

May 23rd 2014, 6:30 AM 11,724 Views 96 Comments

You don’t need a polling card, but might need some ID.

Over 263,000 Public Services Cards issued to social welfare claimants
# ID Cards
# ID Cards

Over 263,000 Public Services Cards issued to social welfare claimants

Jul 30th 2013, 6:45 AM 20,274 Views 82 Comments

The card aims to provide public service providers with a verification of an individual’s identity, particularly those collecting social welfare payments and using the Free Travel Pass.

Facial recognition on the way for social welfare claimants
# Social Welfare
# Social Welfare

Facial recognition on the way for social welfare claimants

Dec 29th 2012, 7:30 PM 28,258 Views 285 Comments

The rollout of a new Public Services Card will mean new technology to ensure claimants are who they claim to be.

Welfare payments will NOT be linked to Household Charge, says department
# Household Charge
# Household Charge

Welfare payments will NOT be linked to Household Charge, says department

Sep 21st 2012, 12:49 PM 5,255 Views 38 Comments

The Department of Social Protection has assured the public that it won’t ask for proof of payment before issuing benefits.