80pc of welfare is provided to carers, disabled or pensioners

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80pc of welfare is provided to carers, disabled or pensioners

Hundreds of thousands of us are not using benefits to buy yachts or take a second holiday, but need it just to survive, says Willie O’Dea


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Three weeks ago, I told how the mental image the Taoiseach wants to evoke every time the issue of welfare is raised is that of a slovenly, workshy individual sitting on the couch, watching a big-screen TV and milking the system for all its worth.

Like most of the spin this image-obsessed government peddles, the picture is not merely misleading, it is plain wrong. But that does not stop the Taoiseach or his Minister for Finance from doing it.

Lo and behold, no sooner do I raise the issue of welfare increases but a Department of Finance document, which concludes we rely too much on “monetary social transfers” to address social inequalities, mysteriously finds its way to the front page of a national newspaper.

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