Micheál Martin accuses Leo Varadkar of engaging in fake news over 'welfare cheats' campaign

Micheál Martin accuses Leo Varadkar of engaging in fake news over 'welfare cheats' campaign

The Fianna Fáil leader has accused the Social Protection Minister of telling untruths and engaging in fake news.

It is in response to Leo Varadkar's 'welfare cheats' campaign which the minister says has seen savings of over half a billion euro.

Micheál Martin says the actual fraud savings are far less.

"Deputy Willie O'Dea has tabled a parliamentary question, we got a comprehensive reply yesterday and that reply says, lo and behold, only 41 million is attributed to fraud in terms of payments.

"That social welfare inspectors do face-to-face interviews and desktop reviews and so on, it's an extraordinary degree of fake news that we've been a victim of," he said.


More in this Section

Jail for rape and abuse of brother: 'He became my biggest villain'- victimJail for rape and abuse of brother: 'He became my biggest villain'- victim

Irish man on Europol’s most wanted listIrish man on Europol’s most wanted list

Gardaí have taken 200 statements in Santina Cawley inquiryGardaí have taken 200 statements in Santina Cawley inquiry

'Not of Christian origin': Bishop of Waterford writes to schools criticising yoga in the classroom'Not of Christian origin': Bishop of Waterford writes to schools criticising yoga in the classroom


Lifestyle

Sunday Lunch costs €45 per person and includes several set courses but with a choice of mains.Restaurant Review: Bastible Restaurant, Dublin

It never ceases to stop me in my tracks when I hear my husband intone to our children one of the oft overused phrases from my stockpile of, “Can you just not?” categories.Lindsay Woods: If my children feel I’m doing it wrong then I must be doing it right

The season of mists and mellow fruitfulness — John Keats had it right about autumn.Eyes on the pies: Eight apple tarts put to the taste test

Simone Rocha invited ieStyle into her London studio for an exclusive look behind the scenes as she put the finishing touches to her acclaimed collection for Fashion Week. Rachel Marie Walsh reportsBeing Simone Rocha: An exclusive look behind the scenes

More From The Irish Examiner