Tuesday 28 March 2017

John Drennan: Elite dolebusters squad to tackle welfare cheats

Minister anxious to stamp out benefit fraud as number receiving handouts shoots up by 670,000

John Drennan

John Drennan

As coalition concerns grow over the "sustainability of the current social welfare model'', the Sunday Independent has learnt that plans within the Department of Social Protection to set up a 'Sweeney'-style elite fraud-busting squad are at an advanced stage.

The 'Dolebusters' squad is being established to help tackle growing political angst over the ongoing endemic levels of welfare fraud in a State that has been described by Labour's Ruairi Quinn as being in "economic receivership''.

In the last five years the number of recipients of welfare benefits has shot up by around 670,000.

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