Public services card is not ID card ‘through back door’, says Doherty

Minister for Social Protection insists PSC is just to make life easier for people accessing social welfare benefits

Employment Affairs & Social Protection Minister, Regina Doherty T.D.

Regina Doherty has ruled out the prospect of people being stopped on the street by authorities to show their Public Services Card.

The Data Protection Commission has found that there is no lawful basis for a person to be required to have a Public Services Card (PSC) for anything other than social welfare payments and benefits.

The Minister for Social Protection has told TDs that there was an assumption among some people that members of ...