Immigrants to carry biometric identity cards

A controversial immigration bill obliging foreign nationals to carry identity cards with biometric fingerprint data was passed by cabinet last week.

26th January, 2008

A controversial immigration bill obliging foreign nationals to carry identity cards with biometric fingerprint data was passed by cabinet last week.

The Immigration, Residence and Protection Bill, to be published shortly by Minister for Justice Brian Lenihan, will overhaul the state’s immigration and protection laws dating back to the Aliens Act of 1935.

Lenihan has included some amendments to the original published by former Tanaiste Michael McDowell last April which fell when the Dail...

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