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 Post subject: Re: The Unaffordable Welfare State
PostPosted: Sun Mar 25, 2018 2:25 pm 
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Grapevine gossip is there is more cases like this upcoming
It's odd that it is not politically sensitive, yet if you mention a traveller having a €40k vehicle whilst on social welfare, the DSP & Revenue back off.


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 Post subject: Re: The Unaffordable Welfare State
PostPosted: Sun Mar 25, 2018 5:34 pm 
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A psychological assessment found the 41-year-old woman had a difficult upbringing in Nigeria and ranked in the bottom one percentile intellectually.


Far from being given a (fully suspended) prison sentence, this woman should be awarded a national honour in recognition of her achievements in overcoming huge disadvantages and, despite the lowest measurable level of intelligence, obtaining mortgage finance, claiming numerous welfare benefits and raising four children, all without causing the slightest concern to our financial institutions, our welfare system or our schools.


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 Post subject: Re: The Unaffordable Welfare State
PostPosted: Mon Mar 26, 2018 9:32 pm 
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Amazing what a few minutes on Google can turn up. Timeline only goes back to late 2012 - incredibly! I wonder when she actually did get married? Was there another proper, non "joke" of a wedding?

https://www.facebook.com/michelle.b.hug ... 1521814167


Feb 2013

"Just want to say thanks to the hubbie for yesterday spoiled me as always x x x x x love it"


"Have to say that sunday roast was masso now lying on the chair watchin the hubbie do the clean up mwahhhhhhh. Lol"


From March 2013

"Just chillin loke a vilan with the hubby on the sofa love them days yet the ones that he takes a day off work lol"

From Feb 2015

"Thats me packed and ready to spend ny birthday with me husband in mancheste
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That's some good detective work. Why couldn't the DPP do that bit of Googling too?

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 Post subject: Re: The Unaffordable Welfare State
PostPosted: Tue Mar 27, 2018 9:30 pm 
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That's some good detective work. Why couldn't the DPP do that bit of Googling too?


The DPP doesn't investigate.

The anti-fraud unit in the DSP could run amok if they investigated claimants' social media postings.

Do you think there's a real will to clamp down on fraud?


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 Post subject: Re: The Unaffordable Welfare State
PostPosted: Wed Mar 28, 2018 8:10 am 
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Mantissa wrote:
That's some good detective work. Why couldn't the DPP do that bit of Googling too?


The DPP doesn't investigate.

The anti-fraud unit in the DSP could run amok if they investigated claimants' social media postings.

Do you think there's a real will to clamp down on fraud?


There's been a trend on social media for a couple of years now for people in Ireland to change their names on social media in order to deliberately frustrate searches by DSP. "John Murphy" changing his name to "jJohn Murphy" is the style I've observed - recognisable by their friends but a search for the former doesn't yield the latter or least puts jJohn down the list of hits.


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 Post subject: Re: The Unaffordable Welfare State
PostPosted: Wed Mar 28, 2018 8:26 am 
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There's been a trend on social media for a couple of years now for people in Ireland to change their names on social media in order to deliberately frustrate searches by DSP. "John Murphy" changing his name to "jJohn Murphy" is the style I've observed - recognisable by their friends but a search for the former doesn't yield the latter or least puts jJohn down the list of hits.

It would be far more sensible to just change privacy settings so that your posts are private to friends, but I guess that doesn't help if you get tagged in a photo on some other moron's feed.

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 Post subject: Re: The Unaffordable Welfare State
PostPosted: Wed May 30, 2018 10:54 am 
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Call to restore unemployment benefits to pre-crash levels

https://www.rte.ie/news/ireland/2018/05 ... mployment/

That's what we need, more barriers for returning to employment


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 Post subject: Re: The Unaffordable Welfare State
PostPosted: Mon Jun 04, 2018 10:57 pm 
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Where would ya get it!

https://www.independent.ie/business/far ... 75921.html
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Meet the hunter who kills more than 200 deer a year – but has now had his guns confiscated as part of a legal row.
Kevin Conway has been one of Ireland’s most prolific deer hunters in recent years, selling the bodies of the wild animals for meat....
....The 53-year-old, from Leitra, near Glenamaddy, Co. Galway, shares his home with his ex-partner’s five children. He is on disability allowance for the past five years as he claims he suffers lung damage from clearing noxious substances in a factory he used to work in.
Kevin told the Sunday World that he used to sell 150 of the deer to an abattoir in Claremorris, making €75 to €100 per carcass, 50 privately to friends and kept three for himself.
"I use them to supplement my income," he said....
"So if you go out early in the morning they are waking up, their bellies are full and they ramble back into the woods and that’s the time you get the deer."...
He also reveals that often he would get five deer in one morning


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 Post subject: Re: The Unaffordable Welfare State
PostPosted: Tue Jun 05, 2018 10:13 am 
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New Telephone Support Allowance from June 2018

http://www.moneyguideireland.com/new-te ... -2018.html


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 Post subject: Re: The Unaffordable Welfare State
PostPosted: Tue Jun 05, 2018 11:44 am 
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Kitty Holland in single parent puff piece shocker! Now that abortion is cool, give us more money?

https://www.irishtimes.com/news/social- ... -1.3516672

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Lone parents speak out: 'Mothers have had such an ordeal'
Single parents hopeful shift in opinion evidenced by Yes vote will bring positive change

Kitty Holland Social Affairs Correspondent


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 Post subject: Re: The Unaffordable Welfare State
PostPosted: Tue Jun 05, 2018 11:57 am 
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New Telephone Support Allowance from June 2018

http://www.moneyguideireland.com/new-te ... -2018.html


Just goes to show nothing has been learned from the last crash.

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 Post subject: Re: The Unaffordable Welfare State
PostPosted: Tue Jun 05, 2018 12:02 pm 
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Ah now, it's only worth €130 a year - could you run your phone on that?
and it's severely restricted to singletons those Living Alone and getting Fuel Allowance.


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 Post subject: Re: The Unaffordable Welfare State
PostPosted: Tue Jun 05, 2018 12:05 pm 
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Are all children equal in this Republic?
Minister Regina Doherty has indicated she's prepared to examine cutting child benefit for higher earners to pay for childcare for all.
The Minister will get her officials to look at households earning more than €100k that are also getting child benefit, and seek to means-test the benefit.
https://www.independent.ie/business/per ... 78212.html


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 Post subject: Re: The Unaffordable Welfare State
PostPosted: Tue Jun 05, 2018 12:52 pm 
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temene wrote:
Ah now, it's only worth €130 a year - could you run your phone on that?
and it's severely restricted to singletons those Living Alone and getting Fuel Allowance.


No probably not but untargeted universal benefits are not the way to go. If it was targeted fair enough but there were a lot of these sweeties for all type benefits around the last time the music stopped.

Edited: Sorry just saw its only applicable to 124,000 people, I thought it was the old package being reintroduced.

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 Post subject: Re: The Unaffordable Welfare State
PostPosted: Tue Jun 05, 2018 2:07 pm 
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temene wrote:
Are all children equal in this Republic?
Minister Regina Doherty has indicated she's prepared to examine cutting child benefit for higher earners to pay for childcare for all.
The Minister will get her officials to look at households earning more than €100k that are also getting child benefit, and seek to means-test the benefit.
https://www.independent.ie/business/per ... 78212.html


We've run the number a few times before although not in the last year but that'd probably be enough of a push for myself or herself to switch to part time working. We're currently separately assessed too.

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