DRI and ICCL Ask For Department of Work Affairs and also Social Security to Suspend PSC Requirement for Jobseeker Candidates During COVID-19 Pandemic

15 March, Dublin– Digital Legal Rights Ireland (DRI) as well as the Irish Council for Civil Liberties (ICCL) today asked for the Division of Work Affairs and Social Security (DEASP) to put on hold the unneeded need for a Public Services Card for the hundreds of applicants seeking social welfare assistance in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic.

DRI as well as ICCL have been increasing worries pertaining to the DEASP and also the legitimacy of the general public Providers Card considering that summer season 2017. The Information Security Commissioner has actually currently discovered that the PSC violates personal privacy legislations in a number of ways as well as purchased the devastation of 3.2 million PSC records. The Government has actually rejected to comply and the case is now in the Circuit Court.

“Whether or not the PSC’s illegality is maintained by the Circuit Court is almost next to the factor in the face of a global pandemic,” commented Dr TJ McIntyre, DRI’s chair. “Currently is not the moment to require people to go through time consuming, non-essential processes to gain access to essential financial backings.”

“We are particular to see a surge in the number of discharges as well as brief time working in the coming days and also weeks,” suggested Liam Herrick, executive supervisor of ICCL. “Anything that delays the capability of affected workers to declare their social welfare entitlements as well as place food on their tables is outrageous throughout a worldwide wellness dilemma. Any kind of demand to participate in an Intreo centre for a required in person appointment, against wellness suggestions to exercise social distancing, is just inappropriate during this situation.”

“The PSC need prolongs the timeline from when people come to be eligible for social welfare repayments to when they actually get funds. This will certainly leave laid-off workers that are usually paid weekly in an awful situation,” mentioned McIntyre.

The Government has actually recognized that the Department can take care of insurance claims using phone and email for applicants who are currently in quarantine. This would certainly guarantee those consumers will certainly not lose out monetarily via non-attendance. We call on the Priest to reserve the unnecessary as well as hazardous PSC requirement for all applicants throughout Covid-19 and ensure that workers can urgently access the supports they require in this time of situation.


Dr. TJ MacIntyre
Chair, Digital Legal Right Ireland
+353 87 240 6691 Liam Herrick Executive

Supervisor, Irish Council
for Civil Liberties +353 87 235 1374

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