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Cianan Brennan Aug 15
This is a seismic story from . For three years and reams of politicians, not least the current minister, have defended the card expansion project and rubbished those who called it into question
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Dr Karlin Lillington Aug 17
The frustrating part is the endless belief (of middle classes) that there's loads of welfare fraud and the faulty 'addresses' it. There's been no evidence of high levels of welfare fraud (vs say, the much more costly issue of white collar and corporate tax evasion ...) 🤔
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Liam Herrick Aug 15
Very proud today of ⁦⁩ and the journalists, lawyers & brave individuals who stood up for privacy in the face of pressure & ridicule ⁩ ⁦⁩ ⁦⁩ ⁦⁩ ⁦
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Clare Daly MEP Aug 16
The debacle exposes Government arrogance... a complete betrayal of citizens, flagrant squandering of public resources, and barefaced illegality. I hate to say 'We told you so,' but... we told you so... we told you so... we told you so
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Mick Caul Aug 16
In 2017, said the total Public Services Card project to date had cost €54,584,141. Some €9,478,196 of that cost was incurred this year. Cost for production of the cards has €20.9 million. What is the current expenditure?
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Simon McGarr Aug 15
Replying to @Tupp_Ed
This was shortly after I had the uncomfortable experience of having to explain how laws worked- as a concept- to a serving minister on live TV, to counter a suggestion that Facebook should be also be given access to the database.
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Ken Mc Fadden 22h
I am frightened when I hear Taoiseach doubling down on the , FG have done this on Education, Housing, Health & now public service cards, FG never admit they were wrong, EVER. Goodness knows what other howlers are being covered up by an incompetent gov
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Simon McGarr Aug 16
Replying to @Tupp_Ed
And the same few journalists produced story after story on the . But one person made more of an impact on bringing this story to the wider public and turning it into a debate. This lady here:
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martinmcmahon Aug 17
The fiasco exposes a serious democratic deficit which needs to be addressed. How can civil servants remain untouchable when they knowingly act unlawfully and against the best interests of citizens?
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Marie Tess Aug 17
Wasted money -. €60,000,000 Welfare fraud. -. €38,400,000 & Then there's the illegal bit🧐
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Electroboy 7h
Notice that had put up a funny new AVI on her Twitter account and is retweeting rubbish less than 48 hours after the damming report on . The disconnect form reality is startling. The level of untouchability worrying. In any other society she would be toast.
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Constantin Gurdgiev Aug 16
Ireland’s debacle is on par with e-Voting Machines and public disasters: a toxic combination of bad policy, gross over-reach, & bad deployment. And just as the other two scale debacles, this one will end w NO ONE being held to account for it.
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ucancallmecaroline Aug 16
I know a case where a couple wanting to be placed on social housing list by local CoCo had to supply a photo copy of their with application. See how insidious this card is and now is the said CoCo breaking the law?
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DigitalRightsIreland Aug 16
The was used as a tool to bully and control. We came across a woman who had worked all her life, then had her pension cut off indefinitely because she refused to get the PSC. Others were refused passports and driving licences, with no legal reason.
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Simon McGarr Aug 16
Replying to @welfare_ie
This lady suffered personal financial consequences for her insistence on a simple answer. She would get a if she could be shown where, in law, it said she had to have one. The cut off her pension rather than answer it.
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martinmcmahon Aug 16
I was forced to present the as Id when applying for a driver theory test. They refused to accept my current valid drivers license. I told them what they were doing was illegal. Who do I sue?
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Simon McGarr Aug 15
Replying to @Tupp_Ed
Here is the Irish Times report on that bombshell set of findings by the DPC
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martinmcmahon Aug 16
If civil servants and politicians put as much energy into getting it right as they do in to defending what they do wrong, this would be a wonderful country.
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Revolution🐊 Aug 16
Fianna Fail refusing to demand resignation over Public services card fiasco. Will real opposition do their job?
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Gerard 1h
Deputy Leo Varadkar on ID Cards, Migrants and Civil Liberties - Dail Sppech February 2008
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