It is always difficult to discuss a society’s safety net — its social welfare system — without provoking an unintended reaction. In the midst of a scandalous, ideology-driven housing crisis that has forced families to seek sanctuary in Garda stations, it may be even more difficult than usual. Despite that, the Department of Finance analysis suggesting that we are, compared to peer countries, “overly dependent” on social welfare payments cannot be ignored.
A Dublin mother-of-four, who claimed her drunken Las Vegas wedding was “a bit of fun” and she did not know it was valid in Ireland, has been cleared of unlawfully obtaining almost €30,000 in one parent family social welfare payments.
Now that we have a budget, perhaps the minister would be good enough as to have a closer look at the anomaly whereby social welfare recipients under the age of 24 are paid a mere €102 per week, while their fellow recipients receive about twice that amount.