Council tenants’ rent could be taken from social welfare payments under new plans

There are high level of arrears in Dublin, Waterford and Galway, with Dublin city council being owed €38 million alone

Darragh O’Brien, the Minister for Housing, confirmed to Denis Naughten, the independent TD, that a working group was now looking at deducting rents directly from social welfare payments. Picture: Fergal Philips