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    Default Government to give 100% Christmas Social Welfare bonus

    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 ?

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    About time she said it was been payed this year, i can tell you this if it wasnt paid you would see all hell break loose in this country, 1.3 million people are entilited to this bonus myself included, for most people this bonus is a godsend coming up to xmas when they have to buy presents and such.

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    Default We are also borrowing near a billion for development aid

    Can we afford to borrow this amount?

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    Quote Originally Posted by gulliblepleb View Post
    Can we afford to borrow this amount?
    If more people had thought to ask that question a couple of years ago we wouldn't be in the mess we're in now!

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    oh here we go can we afford to pay this amount. listen the goverment can afford to bailout builderrs and bankers so they sure as hell can afford to pay social welfare people a measly xmas bonus, but of course most people on politics.ie dont give a rats ass about people on social welfare and will probaly never be on it.

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    The thing about giving money out around Christmas is that it goes straight back into the economy. A lot of shops like toy shops etc. are probably going to get a nasty shock this year as people tighten their belts and/or simply can't afford to do a lavish Christmas shop. This will at least relieve some of that.

    As for the point about borrowing to give money to people who don't work, that argument carried a bit more weight back when the economy was booming and there was nearly always a job to be had (even then I wouldn't have bought it but you could understand where it was coming from). These days however, those who don't work make up a significant portion of the population, and they are not the lazy portion either; in fact, in most cases they are the people who have been carrying our economy for the last 10 years.
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    same people that are now on here complaining about it been paid have caused this country to be in the state it is and now they want to punish the poor people how genours of them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by irelandproud View Post
    same people that are now on here complaining about it been paid have caused this country to be in the state it is and now they want to punish the poor people how genours of them.
    Who's complaining?

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    Quote Originally Posted by cyberianpan View Post
    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 ?

    cYp
    A seriously ridiculous post. Sometimes I wonder about the clueless world of many of the posters on here.

    1. The payment is a vital necessity for those entitled to it. As someone who once received it I know from experience just how important it is.

    2. It gets spent straight away, reclaiming much of it in VAT. To cut spending for 1.3 million people would have been economically crazy.

    3. If it wasn't people would get into debt and the cost of running MABS would go up.

    4. If your argument is about giving money to people who don't work, the same thing can be said about the pension, and about not charging fees to students. I notice how you preferred to target spending on people on social welfare rather than students. Are you arguing for the return of fees? There is at least some valid argument for charging fees. Fees are not spent in the economy. This payment is.
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    A bonus is given to reward productivity.Why not call it christmas hardship payment.
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