Wednesday 28 June 2017

John Drennan: 'Deadbeat dads' under fire in new proposals

FG backbenchers call for welfare shake-up in lurch towards right

John Drennan

John Drennan

THE dependency culture of "deadbeat dads" who father children and then expect the social welfare system to support them has been attacked by Fine Gael backbenchers as frustrated elements of the party move sharply to the right.

New Fine Gael TD Michelle Mulherin, who stressed she was speaking in a personal capacity, wants to introduce national military service for all young men.

She warned against the unrealistic "culture of entitlement'' where people believe "if you are not working you are entitled to the same lifestyle as those who are employed".

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