22 thoughts on “Wednesday’s Papers

    1. V

      Shur’ didn’t he do well to get this far
      In fairness
      He’s hardly the finest specimen

      And in truth
      I would have guessed Parkinson’s when he was doing the MTV thing with Shaaaaaarrrooonnn

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    1. GiggidyGoo

      Casey wouldn’t get enough votes but the votes he would get would be FG votes mostly thus putting pressure on Varadkars seat. A win, no matter how you’d look at it.

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          1. Charger Salmons

            Woke wakes.
            ” I only want to hear views I agree with otherwise I’m going to scweam and scweam and scweam. And stamp my foot as well.Mwaaaaaaa ”
            It’s an internet forum sistas.
            Comment is free.

        1. V

          Coppinger will put manners on him
          Make no mistake

          And there’s a Sinn Fein seat there to be got as well
          The most at risk is Joanie
          So she’ll not leave the likes of Casey help that along

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  1. Redbeard

    Welfare cheats cheat us all. Interesting timing, all the same.

    “14,600 tip-offs.”
    “7,000 cases suspected.”
    “500 cases considered.”

    86 cases actually referred for prosecution.

    Would you ever GTFO?

    Enquiring minds would like to know how much of the €116 million in overpayments are attributable to the clusterf*ck the DSP made in their migration of the Illness Benefit systems? Social Welfare Community Officer tells me that all the emergency payments that they issued (ensuring that no sick and disabled citizens actually starved to death waiting for the clowns implementing the changes to get their act together) are now “lost” as there’s no mechanism to recover the “overpayments” once the IB was (eventually) paid out.

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    1. Listrade

      The DSP publish reports on over payments (or at least used to). It’s probably 2 or 3 years since I checked and I recall posting it here as a comment years ago. The TLDR is that according to the DSP, the vast majority of over payments came down to a genuine error, either on the DSP’s side or on the individual completing a form wrong. I remember that specifically as the point I was making at the time was that according to the evidence produced by the State, the enforcement money would be better spent on reducing errors. Whether it is training of staff, simplified forms, clearer guidance, etc.

      The actual number of fraud cases were in either the single figures or low double digits. And a significant proportion of those were from farmers. I’m sure that voting pool isn’t included as welfare cheats.

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      1. Cian

        To follow up on that. In the majority of the cases where an overpayment was made an agreement is reached between DSP and the person to repay monies owed. Very few cases end up at prosecution.

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        1. Listrade

          To follow up on the follow up, the government’s own figures show that the vast majority of over payments are genuine errors and a significant proportion of that by their own department, however they shamelessly use the term “over payments” as a synonym for fraud to malign all on welfare.

          Therefore the actual follow up is that of course the vast majority of over payments do not trigger a prosecution because they are genuine mistakes and so therefore can’t trigger a prosecution. Mens Rea and all that.

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  2. Lilly

    When did Roisin Shortall become leader of the Soc Dems? I thought she was joint leader with Catherine Murphy. Good move in any event.

    I spoke to a friend last night who said she’s thinking the unthinkable: voting for Sinn Féin, such is her desperation and longing for change. I had to remind her of Aengus Ó Snodaigh and the printer cartridges.

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