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Public Services ID Card

NOffLA chairman Jim McCabe welcomes the proposed new public services ID cards for under 16s

Speaking at the National Off-Licence of the Year Awards 2010, NOffLA chairman Jim McCabe gave a conditional welcome to a new Government initiative: “We welcome the proposed new public services ID cards for over 16’s and call on the Minister for Social and Family Affairs, Mary Hanafin, to ensure this ID card will provide for the inclusion of date of birth on all cards issued to under 21’s, to take into account any alcohol purchases to under 21’s.”

The absence of a mandatory ID card has long been a serious failing in any attempt to definitively deal with the sale of alcohol to those under the age of 18. The matter was raised by Deputy Charles Flanagan while considering the 2008 alcohol licencing legislation when he asked: “Should we examine the concept of a national identification card scheme for every citizen of the State irrespective of age?”

The National Off-Licence Association believes that proper age identification is vital for the control of the sale of alcohol and NOffLA has been calling for a mandatory ID card for many years.

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