Wednesday 13 December 2017

TDs should join dole queues this summer

* I was in my local post office last Monday morning when I witnessed three young men, who all appeared to be in their 20s, collect their welfare payments.

Although they were in good spirits, it was a stark reminder of the life facing many young Irish citizens who don't have any employment – as opposed to those who are employed, and who report to work on Monday morning and are paid at the end of the working week.

Hard to believe that this might be the highlight of the week for some, collecting unemployment benefit and with little prospect of better to come for the next five days.

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