Welfare system criticised at Dublin conference

Ireland's social welfare system has come under fire at a major conference on the state of the economy in Dublin today.

Experts from the ESRI and the OECD have expressed concern about Ireland's over-dependence on social welfare benefits and a lack of programmes to help people get back to work.

They say the challenges facing the welfare system are enormous, with unemployment expected to reach 17% by the end of next year.

Speaking at the conference, OECD economist David Grubb says there is a risk that - for some people - staying on the dole is more attractive than looking for a job.


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