Leo Varadkar: Social welfare fraud carries a serious cost

In these pages last week, Sinn Féin’s Eoin Ó Broin challenged Leo Varadkar’s figures on social welfare fraud, claiming they did not add up. Today, the Minister for Social Protection responds

30th April, 2017

Very few of us would hesitate to report a crime. The same approach should apply to the crime of welfare fraud.

Every euro saved is money that can be given to a person in genuine need, or handed back to the taxpayer from where it came. The total budget for the Department of Social Protection is €20 billion a year. Even at low levels, fraud carries a considerable cost to us all.

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