Eoin Ó Broin: Varadkar’s figures just don’t add up

Leo Varadkar's divisive campaign based on figures of unclear origin is right-wing Thatcherism at its very worst

23rd April, 2017

Leo Varadkar is getting tough on dole spongers. Last Wednesday, he launched a high-profile, hard hitting campaign to root out social welfare fraud.

He claimed that “anti-fraud and control measures” saved the taxpayer over €500 million in 2016. No detail justifying this figure was provided.

Requests to the Department of Social Protection press office for additional information didn’t help much.

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