Coun­cil­lor’s GDPR cam­paign given tiny boost

New Ross Standard - - NEWS -

COUN­CIL­LORS were told they can be fur­nished with in­for­ma­tion about hous­ing cases they have made rep­re­sen­ta­tions on, of­fer­ing a re­prieve from the strict lim­i­ta­tions im­posed on them through GDPR.

Speak­ing at the meeting of New Ross Mu­nic­i­pal District coun­cil, Cllr Larry O’Brien asked for an up­date on what re­sponse the coun­cil has from the Govern­ment, fol­low­ing its plea for GDPR to be with­drawn. ‘Have we writ­ten to any­one? Within a few years we won’t be able to con­trol what is com­ing in to our houses. I don’t know why we are here at all. We have no say any­more. Even to get a list of houses that have been al­lo­cated. What use is it for us to know that num­ber two New Ross Heights has been rented. It’s a waste of printed pa­per to be send­ing us this’

Cllr Wil­lie Fitzhar­ris agreed, say­ing: ‘It’s ab­so­lutely use­less.’

Cllr Michael Whelan said GDPR is mak­ing it very dif­fi­cult for coun­cil­lors to do their job. He called for the coun­cil of­fi­cial re­spon­si­ble for over­see­ing GDPR to at­tend the next meeting.

‘I am en­ti­tled to have in­for­ma­tion about the process. You have the per­son’s con­sent and in cer­tain cases I haven’t been in­formed. If I make a rep­re­sen­ta­tion for some­one we should be in­formed the whole way through the process.’

Hous­ing of­fi­cer Martina O’Donoghue said it is not a breach of GDPR pro­to­col to up­date coun­cil­lors about hous­ing cases they have made rep­re­sen­ta­tions on. ‘It mightn’t be that you are nec­es­sar­ily be­ing kept out of the loop. There are nu­mer­ous rep­re­sen­ta­tions com­ing in.’

Cllr O’Brien said: ‘If the hous­ing staff can know who are get­ting houses why can’t we. We ab­so­lutely need to stop this be­cause this is our job.’ Cllr Flem­ing said: ‘GDPR is neg­a­tive all round. I don’t see any­body yet prais­ing it so ob­vi­ously it’s not work­ing.’

Cllr Fitzhar­ris said: ‘I think it war­rants a lot more dis­cus­sion. I think we can’t just ac­cept it’s be­ing handed down.’

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