On RTE lunchtime radio it was announced that the Government is to give 100% Christmas Social Welfare bonus. The bonus s an extra week's "pay". This tradition started by Haughey 30 years ago was meant to give a variable bonus depending on state finances. For the past 8 years we've been booming so it has been 100%.
Hannifin now says we've to keep it at 100% as people feel entitled to it.
Does the government not realise how bad things are ? Are they planning to give 100% next year ?
Surely the smart thing would be to have given 80 or 90% ?
In any case why are we borrowing money to give money to people who don't work ?