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If this is indeed a pandemic then surely poorer people on the dole etc
should not be forced to go into queues in post offices every single week risking coronavirus infection
just to sign their name purely out of some Mary Hanafin inspired bureaucratic exercise in spite.

These are people in society least able to afford to deal with the costs of self isolation, hand gels, masks, etc etc
and the ones least likely to have private medical insurance etc

The Department should move all welfare payments from post offices to
direct payments into bank accounts to minimise completely unnecessary queueing in post offices until this passes.

Some welfare payments are already done this way but currently some are not given this option.
This is an easy change which would significantly reduce the risk of getting sick for those at the bottom of society.
Sep 27, 2019
The scammers will just go on disability instead and that means they get it paid into their bank account anyway.
So punishing everyone else on jobseekers serves no useful purpose except humiliation and spite
and monitoring and control of their movements.

The figures for fraud are actually quite low and most welfare overpayments are due to errors made by the department itself.
However it serves the agendas of the department to find some pole who somehow gets away with fraud once in a blue moon
and then plaster the case all over the media to make it seem like fraud is rife.

There is no "massive fraud" at all. Most poorer people are basically decent and honest.
It's the white collar c*nts in banks etc that you really need to watch, but somehow we never do!!

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Nov 16, 2015
The examples you cited were foreigners and immigrants who were probably treated with kid gloves and given leeway by the department.
who generally give these "people of colour" an easier ride for fear of cries of "racist".

One of your articles points out that the department and gardai reviewed 750,000 cases resulting in just a handful of fraud cases
mostly "enriching" foreign conmen and women given an easy ride which is why this was possible.
a pretty low level of fraud overall. And the security measures and crackdown probably cost a lot more than the actual fraud itself!
which would never have happened if the staff had been doing their job properly instead of giving all these foreign chancers leeway.

Ordinary paddies on the dole don't get away with shit. They have to electronically sign each week at a post office
and again in intreo and are regularly interviewed and put on stuff like jobseach etc.
There is little opportunity for fraud.
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