Did the state act unlawfully when departing passengers at Dublin Airport were approached and questioned by social welfare inspectors and gardai…
Via The Irish Times:
Under 2012 legislation, Social Welfare inspectors can question people at ports and airports, but only when they have “reasonable grounds” to believe there is a contravention of the Act.
However, according to multiple reports on social media and elsewhere this week, checking and questioning of people at airports has been widespread.
The Data Protection Commission (DPC) wrote to the Department of Social Protection in recent days asking it on what basis their inspectors had stopped and questioned people at airports, including asking them for personal information and personal public service numbers (PPSNs).
….The watchdog also said it is following up on queries made by individuals about whether the DEASP sourced information from passengers from other sources that allowed targeting of individuals for payment cancellation without any interaction with an inspector at a port or airport.
Swarm of sun-seeking, beer-swilling pandemic payment dolehead ingrates (out of picture).
The Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection has said people who are in receipt of the Pandemic Unemployment Payment should be actively seeking work if their job has been lost permanently.
Heather Humphreys told RTÉ’s News at One in the case of some sectors, like in hospitality, where a person’s job is temporarily paused due to Covid-19 restrictions, the Government is not expecting such people to be looking for another job.
She was speaking after the Department of Social Protection confirmed that 104 people have had their Pandemic Unemployment Payment stopped as a result of checks carried out at airports.
Wow. The govt changed the criteria for the Pandemic Unemployment Payment to include jobseeking criteria. THIS MORNING (last updated). Just after @LeoVaradkar said it on RTE yesterday. State schemes cannot be changed overnight due to loose lips on TV. https://t.co/If0ppkgq3Y
I have asked the Minister for Social Protection to detail any arrangements involving the transfer of passenger data between airports and ports and her department, including the legislative basis of any such programme. https://t.co/9LodsMo0Iq
Since when does @DublinAirport have the right to give out private information on a passenger? That’s what he is saying that they get their information from the airports…. will he want to know what spending money we are bringing with us too? #Orwellian
Dublin Airport departures at Terminal 2 last month
Undertaking essential work travel out of Dublin airport and there’s presumably government staff with clipboards asking passengers for their PPS number and if they’re in receipt of social welfare payments.
“We see today that a large percentage of people flying into Ireland are not filling in the form asking them how they intend to socially isolate for two weeks. We need to allay any fears in tourism communities, and that can be done if the completion of these forms was mandatory in airports and ports.”
During his response, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar said:
“In terms of the airport forms, they are not yet mandatory. They may well need to become mandatory. That is something we are considering at the moment, but I disagree with the Deputy. Making it mandatory for people to fill in forms to self-isolate for 14 days when they come to the country is not good for tourism.
“People will not come to Ireland if they have to isolate for 14 days. We need to get to the point where we can have air travel start again. I want air travel to start again for business and leisure but that will have to be done safely. That is being worked on at the moment.”
Hi Jim, the Irish Govt decides the Irish State’s travel policies in relation to COVID-19 based on its health advice. The Irish State is not conducting entry screening at Irish airports or ports as @HSELive says that neither the @WHO or the @ECDC_EU recommend entry screening.