We should not be afraid of Public Service Cards for accessing State services – Hayes
25 EU Member States have National ID Cards
Dublin MEP Brian Hayes has today (Wednesday) said that the Government is right to continue the role out of the Public Services Card. The Fine Gael MEP has previously called for the introduction of a national ID card system, which the majority of EU Member States already have in order to improve public services.”
“I think it is right that a Public Service Card is required to access public services. Our methods of documenting citizens has become outdated and needs to be modernised. It makes public services more efficient and user friendly for everyone.”
“All 28 EU Member States except for Ireland, UK and Denmark issue their citizens with national identity cards with the majority of Member States making it compulsory to hold one. In many Member States the national ID card incorporates a person’s social security card, birth certificate, bank card and sometimes even driver’s license all into one.”
“The Public Service Card is not compulsory but if you require a State service it is only right that you should be required to have it. A passport is not compulsory but if you want to travel to another country it is mandatory. A driving license is not compulsory but if you want to drive its mandatory. The Public Service Card is no different.”
“There has been a considerable amount of scaremongering recently which is unjustified. The Public Service Card has existed for 5 years and has been successful in reducing social welfare fraud as well as speeding up welfare applications. The bureaucracy associated with accessing public services is often criticised. Expanding the use of Public Service Cards will streamline state services making them more efficient for everybody” concluded MEP Hayes.