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# Public Services Card

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Six months a-waiting - the PSC will finally be removed as a requirement for a theory test on 31 August
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
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
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
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
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 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
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
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
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
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
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?
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
“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
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
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
“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
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'
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
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
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?
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 HQ.
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.
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?
Australia expands welfare card scheme that limits addicts' spending
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
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
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
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?
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
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'
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?
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?
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
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
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
You don’t need a polling card, but might need some ID.
Over 263,000 Public Services Cards issued to social welfare claimants
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
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
The Department of Social Protection has assured the public that it won’t ask for proof of payment before issuing benefits.