Sunday 25 September 2016

Humphreys describes the social welfare system as "inhumane"

Published 31/07/2015 | 02:30

Kevin Humphreys
Kevin Humphreys

Junior Minister for the Department of Social Protection Kevin Humphreys revealed how he used to claim social welfare benefit, describing the system then as "inhumane".

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He claimed social welfare during recessions in the 1980s and for a time since the 2007 recession. He compared the old system to "being herded through a cattle mart... It dehumanised you".

"But all that inhumane treatment has gone out of the system now with the arrival of Intreo centres," he said at the opening of a new Intreo centre on Cork Street.

Intreo services offer a holistic approach for bringing people back to work.

Local Labour Councillor Eric Byrne said: "This could help people on the Live Register gain work that will be available when the new hospital opens," referencing the National Children's Hospital being built on the current St James's Hospital site.

Irish Independent

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