I have noticed a huge shift in attitudes in Ireland over the last decade. In the Ireland I grew up in, informing on people to the authorities for fraud and petty theft was considered an awful thing to do. Shame attached to 'grasses' and 'rats' as they were known.
Now, when I return to Ireland I noticed a markedly different attitude towards things such a tax evasion and welfare fraud. Whereas before it wasn't considered such a reprehensible things to do, now it seems there is no tolerance for it. I see Dept Social Protection has found fraud worth over 500 million.
Social welfare probe finds fraud worth over €500m - National News - Independent.ie
I wonder how much of the above was uncovered through tips from the public?
I personally know of 2 women who claim One ParentnFamily Allowance while having their partner living with them, partner working, children's fathers contributing (partner different to Dad). I am sure other people are aware of this also. So it seems there is reluctance on the part of people to tell the authorities of such things.
What is your attitude? Would you inform if you knew the state was being deprived of revenue by someone not entitled to it, but perhaps needing it? Please discuss.