So you would prefer to be aligned with the likes of Bertie, Seanie Fitz, Seanie Quinn, McCreevey, FF ex ministers and tax evading corps than show compassion for those who have little or nothing. I accept that there are people who, like the above, who will think nothing about ripping off the system but these are a small minority of the people who are actually in real need.just another vested interest with its begging bowl out in advance of budget day with some maudlin emotional anecdotes to ramp up the noise.
funny how through out the last 10 years when times were good - when there were lots of jobs, gov throwing money at the social welfare sector.........the poverty industry never got any smaller - only bigger?
Every sector of Society have slackers, look around you, but why write off any sector because of the few slackers in each sector. Have you considered how easy it is to become homeless for example. The Mrs chucks you out because you don't get on, so where do you live, your income is divided between two families so you give the wife a little bit less, where does that leave the kids. The most frightening stat is that the largest growing sector of Homelessness is women and children.
49% of people in this country have less than E100 to live on at the end of each month. What if one of those family members get sick, have to pay for docs and meds and do not have a medical card.
You are on a good salary but your employer sees he can get a kid to do your job for half the cost so your income is gone and you are getting older.
You mention the Govt throwing money at SW. FF did this to try and get that vote and they did. But they did not put the proper checks in place and so fraud took over. In my opinion the biggest culprits apart fron the Govt are the CS / PS. They have failed miserably to implement the proper safeguards to carry out their jobs efficiently and effectively. There is far too much self interest at play. Name any Govt dept and the amount of waste is scandalous. There is money there to make this a better society but to do that we need the CS /PS to change their attitudes and start working for the interest of the country and not their own interest.