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Irish Social Welfare Cheats To Be Named And Shamed

By Sarah

May 10, 2017 at 1:16pm


A new law proposed by Social Protection Minister Leo Varadkar will see social welfare scammers publicly 'named and shamed'.

Sunday World report that the names and addresses of convicted welfare cheats, as well as the penalties they have received, will be published by the department of Social Protection on a quarterly basis.

Mr Varadkar announced the plans as part of the Social Welfare and Pensions Bill which he hopes to have in place before September of this year.

His plans to crack down on welfare fraud include fines imposed and convicted scammers suffering from cuts to their welfare payments for nine weeks.

Currently, the only action welfare frauds are required to take is to repay the money owed.

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