Then Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform, Paschal Donohoe, at the Public Services Card Centre, D’Olier House in Dublin after he registered for a Public Services Card in October 2016

The new National Childcare Scheme will take effect on October 29.

It will see parents applying for subsidies in person rather than through their childcare provider.

The only way parents can apply for the subsidies will be through MyGovID – for which you need a Public Services Card.

Further to this, Cianan Brennan, in The Irish Examiner, reports:

From the scheme’s inception, as previously reported by the Irish Examiner, the only way to apply for those subsidies will be via MyGovID, the online face of the PSC, which requires the individual verification of each cardholder.

A postal application option is slated to go live in late January 2020 —however, subsidies will not be backdated.

It can now be revealed that the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform (DPER), the lead body behind the expansion of the card to services such as passport applications, ordered the Department of Children and Youth Affairs (DCYA) to drop a secondary online authentication method so that MyGovID would be the only application portal available.

Alternative to PSC for childcare shut off in 2018 (Cianan Brennan, The Irish Examiner)

Previously: ‘Iarnród Éireann Used The Public Services Card To Collect The Information’


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5 thoughts on “Card Shark

  1. eoin

    3-1 to the Data Protection Commissioner Helen Dixon against the political minnow (until May 2020 when Sharon Tolan and Helen McEntee should have the FG seats in Meath east).

    The three are Shane Ross/driving documents, Simon Coveney/passports and Charlie Flanagan/citizenship applications, the one is Katherine Zappone and child care applications though Zappone says she’ll accept non-PSC applications from January, so maybe it’s more a point than a goal.

    1. Portroegirl

      Data Commissioner Helen Dixon 1st attendance at PAC was excellent & impressive and transcripts of PAC meetings can be found under Oireachtas Debates!

  2. Cian

    DPER, the people that manage public spending, told DCYA not to spend (waste) money on duplicating an online authentication system but to use an existing one. This is literally what DPER is supposed to do.

    The government had advice that this use of the PSC is legal, so there is nothing wrong with DPER’s advice.

    1. Portroegirl

      How is it that Dept of Transport ,according to article in August this year(:’Donohue was briefed on investigation into Public Services Card last year’)got advice from AG that the requirement to need PSC was illegal!?
      Why doesn’t Government publish the legal advice they got re PSC….in the public interest?

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