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Written Answers. - National Identity Card Scheme.

Tuesday, 3 December 2002

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 558 No. 4

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 366. Mr. Ring Information on Michael Ring Zoom on Michael Ring  asked the Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform Information on Michael McDowell Zoom on Michael McDowell  when a national identification card will be introduced, similar to the cards issued in other EU countries; the other EU countries which have identity cards; and the reason there is no such scheme here. [24575/02]

Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform (Mr. McDowell): Information on Michael McDowell Zoom on Michael McDowell I am sure the Deputy will appreciate that the introduction of a national identification card is a complex issue which would require in-depth debate. Indeed, depending on the outcome of that debate, responsibility for such a measure could fall to any one of a number of Government Ministers. I can inform the Deputy that I have no plans for the introduction of a national identification card at this stage.


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