Tuesday, 24 September 2019

Ceisteanna (526, 527, 528, 529)

Bríd Smith

Ceist:

526. Deputy Bríd Smith asked the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection the amount spent on the roll-out and development of the public services card before and since October 2017 to date when the report by the Data Protection Commission into the card was initiated. [38607/19]

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Bríd Smith

Ceist:

527. Deputy Bríd Smith asked the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection the number of public services cards issued before and since October 2017 to date when the report by the Data Protection Commission into the card was initiated [38608/19]

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Bríd Smith

Ceist:

528. Deputy Bríd Smith asked the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection the amount spent on the roll-out and development of the public services card in the period before and since July 2018 to date. [38609/19]

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Bríd Smith

Ceist:

529. Deputy Bríd Smith asked the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection the number of public services cards issued before and since July 2018 to date. [38610/19]

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Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Employment)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 526 to 529, inclusive, together.

In total, my Department has issued just over 4 million Public Services Cards (PSC), of which there are currently 3.2 million active PSC users. The information the Deputy has requested relating to the number of PSCs that issued during various periods are set out in the tables below:

PSCs issued up to end-Oct 2017

PSCs issued Nov 2017 to date

PSCs issued to date

2,920,910

1,081,136

4,002,046

PSCs issued up to end-Jul 2018

PSCs issued Aug 2018 to date

PSCs issued to date

3,423,984

578,062

4,002,046

To date, the costs for the development, testing, personalisation, production and distribution cost of the PSC from 2010 to date is €31.7m, excluding VAT. The identity authentication and registration functions involved in the PSC process have been incorporated into the day-to-day work of the Department and I am advised that the staffing costs associated with the PSC are not readily available.

I hope this clarifies the matter for the Deputy.