Saturday 19 August 2017

Do it for Leo's sake, rat out your neighbour

If you're inventing a fraud problem, Leo, you ought to at least get the technical bit right

CAMPAIGN: Minister for Social Protection Leo Varadkar launching the campaign combating welfare fraud. Photo: Frank Mc Grath
CAMPAIGN: Minister for Social Protection Leo Varadkar launching the campaign combating welfare fraud. Photo: Frank Mc Grath
Gene Kerrigan

Gene Kerrigan

Last Friday afternoon, I went online to the Department of Social Protection's website - welfare.ie. There, I found the fraud tip-off page. A glaring red warning sign said there are criminals "cheating welfare". It says that last year the department saved €500m "thanks to people like you".

This is not true. That isn't savings recovered from cheats, and it doesn't come from tip-offs.

Then, in pursuit of my duty as a citizen of the Republic, I reported someone for abuse of social welfare. It felt good.

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