Wexford Senator, Michael D'Arcy has called for measures aimed at tackling welfare fraud to be extended to all Irish airports and ferry ports. Figures released earlier this week reveal that 45 investigations are under way after a total of 122 detections at Dublin, Cork and Shannon Airports since June of last year.
Anti-welfare fraud measures at our ports could save millions
New powers allow for Social Welfare Inspectors to stop and interview people they suspect of welfare fraud at Irish airports. According to figures released from the Department of Social Protection, a total of 122 cases of suspected fraud have been detected over the last 18 months, resulting in 45 individual investigations underway as a result.
It's worth noting that these figures just relate to Cork, Dublin and Shannon Airports. Cracking down on welfare fraud is essential if we want to ensure we can continue to provide help to those who need it most. I think there is clear evidence that inspections should be carried out at all Irish airports and ferry ports.
Minister Burton has said she is committed to a zero tolerance approach to welfare fraud, and she has targeted €30 million in savings in the year ahead through additional fraud and control measures. Extending the power of inspection to all airports and ports could help to realise these savings and actively deter others from attempting to defraud the state in the future.