Hang on a second now and I’ll just check the last census for the numbers that ticked the “I’m taking advantage of our generous welfare provisions” box.
I’m not jealous of anybody on the dole. I was on it for a few months in 2009 and it was horrible and I’m glad that we provide a safety net for those that are either temporarily out of work or for those that can’t work. My evidence is purely anecdotal as I don’t think the government publish figures for this but of course you already knew that. Are there families in Ireland with generational unemployment? Answer that please. Even when we had to look to Eastern Europe back in the boom and people came here with no English and found employment immediately, were there people who still “couldn’t” find work? Answer that please. When trying to hire people in 2010-2012 I was regularly told that salary would have to be above 36k in order for somebody to come off the dole as that was what their current income was not working. Now these were people who wanted to work, had always worked and the financial situation was complicated slightly as they would lose their mortgage protection payments once they went back to work but that’s the figures you are dealing with. Housing provision, medical cards, other allowances, they all add up. Again, happy for this to be the case for people who need a leg up from time to time but for it to be a lifestyle choice, and it is for many people in every town in Ireland, is ridiculous.