The Dept. of Social Protection has refused to pay a woman in her seventies some €13,000 owed to her in the State pension.
The woman hasn't been issued with her payment for the last 18 months, as she has refused to go through the registration process and obtain a Public Services Card.
There's a wide disparity in the way in which government departments view the card; some departments insist it's compulsory in order to gain access to services, others do not require it.
Irish Times journalist, Elaine Edwards, who broke the story, spoke to Laura Donnelly on this morning's edition of Kildare Today:
Whilst Minister Michael Ring says the Dept. of Social Protection should pay the woman her pension
Minister Ring says, nevertheless, the card is being brought in for good reason but clarity on how it's implemented: