Thursday February 27, 2020

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.

Subscribe from just €1 for the first month!

Exclusive offers:

All Digital Access + eReader

Trial

€1

Unlimited Access for 1 Month

Then €19.99 a month after the offer period.

Get basic
*New subscribers only
You can cancel any time.

Annual

€200

€149 For the 1st Year

Unlimited Access for 1 Year

You can cancel any time.

Quarterly

€55

€42

90 Day Pass

You can cancel any time.

Team Pass

Get a Business Account for you and your team

Related Stories

State catching up with higher-than-average increase in number of new companies

Rachel Lavin | 1 week ago

Refusing to discuss Irish unity no longer makes any sense for the DUP –talking about a united Ireland is not the same as supporting it

Deirdre Heenan | 1 week ago

A Sinn Féin-led government would have many implications for the country, from tax on banks to the housing market to a border poll

Ian Guider | 1 week ago