There was a debate on the Irish Times web site where Eoghan Murphy who is the Fine Gael TD for Dublin South East, wrote an opinion piece which concluded we should be sending more children to fee-paying schools, not less.. During the debate, things moved sideways (as they do all the time on P.ie) and someone wrote:
I was recently chatting to a friend who works in the HSE. He was telling me that he was being moved to the Department of Social Protection. He was receiving training / induction to the new job.
The thrust of the teaching was to seek to ensure that applicants were to be deprived of benefits if at all possible. The tutor gave an example of his own experience in the field, of having visited a house in a particular county and how he managed to deprive the family of three different benefits. He told the class that, he “left that house a very happy man”. The class were being instructed that the policy was, to deny or delay payments and frustrate claimants to the greatest extent possible. Family Income Supplement and Rent Allowance were being particularly targeted.
He also stated later on that There would also seem to be a policy to ensure that the there is always a massive delay to the appeal process.
I have no time for fraudsters, and if they lose their benefits, that they obtain through fraud....TOUGH. But if the policy is to deprive people / families of their entitlements, something is seriously wrong with Irish society and the way it is being run. Thought please