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State is paying TV licences of dead people

Probe into 500 specific claims found payments being made to 17 deceased people

Michael Brennan

Political Editor

27th November, 2016

The state has been paying electricity bills and TV licences for people who are dead, abroad or in nursing homes.

In one case, the payments were made on behalf of a person who had been dead for four years.

The discovery was made during a fraud and error survey into the state’s household benefit scheme which providers a free €35 monthly electricity or gas allowance, plus a free €160 TV licence.

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