25 thoughts on “Taking The PPS

  1. Slightly Bemused

    I am sure this will bring a barrage of disapproval but I am not sure what the problem is here. The Dept of Social Protection already have your PPS – they are the ones that issue the darn things. Asking you for it in any of your dealings with them is actually normal procedure.

    1. James M

      Why do they give it out and then ask for it back? If they want the bloody thing so much they should have hung onto it in the first place.

      1. Slightly Bemused

        I think there may be a confusion here between who is asking for it. Irish Water should never have ben given the authority to ask for it and they are the ones deleting it.

        My understanding of this is that when you wish to claim your grant/conservation allowance/pay off you deal directly with Dept of Social Welfare, who are entitled and already have your PPS number.

        The way the headline is put is deliberately confusing and inflamatory and implies you need give the number to Irish Water.

    1. Kieran NYC

      Giving PPS when getting free money = Good

      Giving PPS when having to pay for something = NOCONTRACTNOCONSENT!!!!1

    1. John

      This is pretty straight forward.
      If you wish to claim money from the department of social welfare you need to give them your pps number so they can verify who you are.

  2. Happy Molloy

    since when did pps numbers become so holy anyway?
    people have no bother handing them over at the dentists or doctors to benefit, water is the same.

    it’s such a false argument

        1. Steve

          You ever get an eyetest in Boots and given your PPS for a free test? Maybe not – but Id say some of those up in arms about this PPS issue have. So here’s 6 degrees of Jim Corr for you:

          1. You go into Boots somewhere in Ireland and give your PPSN.
          2. Boots Opticians is a subsidiary of Alliance Boots which is a multinational pharmacy-led health and beauty group.
          3. In August 2014 Walgreens, a pharmacy retail chain from the US, bought Alliance Boots for billions of dollars. Walgreens Boots Alliance becomes the first global pharmacy-led health and beauty retailer.
          4. The Board of Directors within Walgreens Boots Alliance is made up of very illustrious people, one of whom is a man called Barry Rosenstein, managing partner of Jana Partners LLC, an $11 billion hedge-fund company.
          5. In November 2014 Jana Partners LLC bought just over 840,000 shares and its total ownership accounts for just under 0.1% of McDonalds – tiny – but many commentators consider its only the start to further ownership stake.
          6. Next time you are eating a Big Mac Meal at half 2 in the morn after a late night, think that the people who brought you this burger could also have your PPS in a heartbeat.

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