Wednesday 13 December 2017

Eamon Delaney: Why go looking for work when generous benefits can provide a comfortable life?

ACCORDING to the Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI), almost a quarter of all the children in Ireland are growing up in a household where no one holds down a job.

We have more unemployed households than anywhere else in the European Union, but ESRI strongly suggests that the generous welfare payments here ensure that many of these people are not at risk of poverty.

This is something to be greatly welcomed, but perhaps it is also part of the problem.

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