National ID card plans shelved

The government no longer believes that identity cards will be needed as a response to their introduction in Britain.

18th February, 2006

The government no longer believes that identity cards will be needed as a response to their introduction in Britain. The British government has told Irish officials that the imminent introduction of ID cards in Britain will not affect Irish citizens moving between the two countries.

Last year, the Minister for Justice, Michael McDowell, said he ‘‘reluctantly’’ accepted that Ireland might have to introduce identity cards when Britain went ahead with its plans. After the London...

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