Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Employment Affairs & Social Protection Willie O’Dea T.D. has said that concerns relating to the Public Services Card need to be addressed. O’Dea made his comments on foot of an assessment of the Public Services Card (PSC) by UN Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights Professor Philip Alston.

Deputy O’Dea said, “The assessment of the Public Services Card by Professor Alston makes for sobering reading. In his letter he highlights a number of concerns including human rights, privacy and data protection issues, as well as the impact of the PSC on low income households, shortcomings in the legal framework and the proportionality of the PSC project.

“In light of this assessment, I have written to Ministers Doherty and Coveney seeking a detailed response to each of the issues and asking them to outline how the government is addressing them.

“It is imperative that the Public Services Card is underpinned by a sound legal framework and that it is operated in a transparent, fair and proportionate manner. The concerns raised by Professor Alston should not be merely dismissed or side-lined by the government”.