Tag Archives: ireland

Ireland – Government seeking bids for design and production of PSC generation two

By | February 24, 2018

THE STATE HAS launched a tender for the production of the next round of Public Service Cards (PSC). The controversial card, which was first introduced in 2012 for accessing certain social welfare payments but has now been expanded as a requirement for many other services, currently has a seven-year lifespan. Now, the Department of Employment Affairs and Social… Read More »

Ireland – Taoiseach insists Public Services Card “is not a national ID card”

By | September 1, 2017

“What she should really be doing is outlining the benefits of the card: that you will have less bureaucracy, that you will have a streamlined approach for people accessing State services, to reassure people from a data protection perspective that information they have supplied will be protected”. Speaking on RTÉ’s Morning Ireland, the minister said the front of… Read More »

Ireland – Call for debate on ID cards amid PSC controversy

By | August 29, 2017

A solicitor and data protection expert has expressed concerns over the introduction of the new Public Services Card. Speaking on RTÉ’s Morning Ireland, Simon McGarr said there does not appear to be a lawful basis to make it a compulsory requirement, but compulsion is being levied on individuals to force them to get it. Minister for Employment and… Read More »

One arrest in Dublin in Europe-wide card fraud probe

By | June 24, 2017

Over 70 people were arrested across Europe One person was arrested and six homes in Dublin were searched by gardaí as part of a Europe-wide operation earlier this month targeting criminals involved in buying goods over the internet using stolen payment card details. In total, details of over 100 compromised US-issued payment cards were also recovered in Ireland during… Read More »

Ireland – Privacy campaigners concerned over ‘national ID card by stealth’

By | May 22, 2017

Privacy campaigners have expressed concern that a plan by the Government to make all citizens applying for a passport and a driving licence first obtain a State-issued public services card represents the introduction of a “national ID card by stealth”. Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Paschal Donohoe confirmed that all passport applicants will be required to have… Read More »

Ireland – Contactless payments drive growth in debit card spending

By | May 15, 2017

Contactless payments are likely to be behind a growth in debit-card spending, new figures from the Central Bank show. According to the figures, debit-card point-of-sale spending in March increased 14 per cent to €2.7 billion on the same month in 2016, probably driven by an increase in contactless payments. In total, debit cards accounted for transactions worth €4.3… Read More »

Bank of Ireland sees huge surge in contactless payments

By | May 2, 2017

Over four million contactless transactions recorded in one month  Bank of Ireland has released their latest figures on contactless activity showing a 142% increase of customer usage of contactless over just a one year period. In February alone, there were over four million (4.25M) contactless transactions, jumping from 1.7M recorded in February 2016.  Surprisingly it is not generation… Read More »

Ireland – New Online Irish Passport Renewal Service Launches Today

By | March 30, 2017

A NEW online Irish passport renewal service will be launched today amid an increasing number of applications. The service, which will be unveiled by the Republic’s Foreign Affairs Minister Charlie Flanagan, will allow Irish citizens to renew their passport books and cards online from wherever they are in the world. The facility is for adults who are over… Read More »

Ex-Hotelier Staunton Backs Health Tech Firm With €500k investment

By | March 26, 2017

A businessman who received €12m from the sale of his boutique Dublin townhouse hotel Stauntons on the Green last year, has stumped up about €500,000 to fund the development of an innovative new health smart card that aims to revolutionise patient care. Jim Staunton’s start-up firm Medipro Life has developed a smart card that works with a phone… Read More »