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Any help in fraud fight is welcome

IT'S clear that people are no longer willing to sit idly by and see others perpetrate social welfare fraud. Those who cheat the system are cheating the rest of us too, leaving less money in the coffers of the State for our health service, our schools and our roads.

The recruitment of gardai in the fight against welfare fraud is to be welcomed.

Those who have nothing to hide should not feel any fear about the measure.

However, anonymous tip-offs should be treated with caution. Indeed, the Department of Social Protection rightly acknowledges that this is only the start of an investigation process.

The same department received almost 25,000 anonymous tip-offs about suspected welfare fraud last year.

It is impossible to know how many of these are from people with an axe to grind.

But any measure that helps tackle this ugly problem should have our full backing.