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When it comes to travel, why is there one law for the rich and another for the poor?

Colette Browne


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Reason: Minister Heather Humphreys said those in receipt of welfare were being penalised because ‘we’re at a crucial stage in relation to the virus’

Reason: Minister Heather Humphreys said those in receipt of welfare were being penalised because ‘we’re at a crucial stage in relation to the virus’

Reason: Minister Heather Humphreys said those in receipt of welfare were being penalised because ‘we’re at a crucial stage in relation to the virus’

Taoiseach Micheál Martin has denied his Government is unfairly targeting social welfare recipients, telling the Dáil yesterday that cutting the income of those who travel abroad is "not punitive". Really?

If that is the case, why has the right to non-essential travel, which social welfare recipients have always enjoyed, been quietly removed?

Why is it that they are the only cohort of people on this island who face a financial penalty if they leave? And, if cutting someone's only source of income is not punitive, what word would Mr Martin prefer to use to describe it?