Fianna Fáil TD for Dublin Mid-West and Chair of the Employment Affairs and Social Protection Committee, John Curran has requested the publication of the Data Protection Commissioner’s report on the matter of the Public Services Card.

Speaking on the matter, Deputy Curran said; “I am deeply concerned by the recent revelation that Minister Donohoe was briefed on the findings of the report into the Public Services Card last year. The findings were very definitive that there was no legal basis for a PSC to be required for anything other than welfare payments, and that the Department’s retention of the data of millions of people wasn’t lawful, so for the Minister to sit on that report is very worrying.

“The Joint Committee on Employment Affairs and Social Protection started a review of the Public Services Card in early 2018 and temporarily paused its consideration of the matter pending the outcome of the investigation of the Data Protection Commissioner. Now that the DPC has issued its main findings to the Minister on the matter, I have formally requested that the Minister provide the Joint Committee with a copy of the report so that our work on this matter can now resume.

“I understand that the DPC itself cannot publish the report because the investigation was undertaken under the 1988 – 2003 Acts rather than the 2018 Act, and I note further that the DPC has asked the Department to publish it on its own website. The Minister has been asked to make the report available as soon as possible as I am anxious that the committee resumes its examination of the Public Services Card in the coming weeks before the Dáil resumes”, he concluded.