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Jody Corcoran: Charity must be transparent so those in real need receive in a sceptical age

Published 23/12/2012 | 05:00

Benevolence should be thoughtful and prudent, as it is more important to 'do' good than to 'feel' good.

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On Thursday December 15, the economist Constantin Gurdgiev tweeted that 121 women were jailed last year for not paying a fine on conviction for failing to have a television licence.

A woman I know, who struggles to exist within a twilight world between work and welfare, was so panicked by that tweet that she went directly to the post office and paid €160 for a licence. She is left with €27 for Christmas. That is a fact.

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