Fianna Fáil TD for Dublin North West, Paul McAuliffe, has expressed deep concerns about Sinn Féin’s Abú system, a national voter database.

Under questioning today from Deputy McAuliffe, during pre-legislative scrutiny on the Electoral Reform Bill, Deputy Eoin Ó Broin of Sinn Féin said his party have created a database of people who have voted or not in a central system across multiple constituencies.

Deputy McAuliffe commented, “I’m astounded and deeply concerned by what was revealed at the Joint Oireachtas committee on Housing earlier today.

“This database is something no other political party holds, it is a database which the state does not hold and I find it troubling that Sinn Féin has created such an information source without the knowledge or permission of those voters. The committee heard that this was done manually from scanned versions of the marked register.

“It has also transpired that this database was created without the existence of a data protection officer which is required under data protection regulation. Voters will rightly ask if this information was recorded accurately and deserve answers,” he concluded.