Friday 10th February 2017

Government's welfare policies risk creating a two tier society

Government's welfare policies risk creating a two tier society

The study, by Dr. Tom Boland and Dr. Ray Griffin, found that the State's welfare system isn't working for the unemployed.


Dr. Boland says there research shows a tendency towards a two tier society. "We will have those with good jobs, those who are well educated, who benefit from Irish society," he says, "and then on the other hand a second tier economy of lower paid, insecure workers who are being pushed into jobs - and employers not pressured to give good wages."


Dr. Boland says Ireland's welfare system as it's often presented to be, citing the lack of a social healthcare system like Britain's NHS.


He believes that, "rather than mak(ing) job acceptance or internships compulsory, people should be given discretion over whether or not they take them."


Dr. Boland says that where people are punished by sanctions, they should be entitled to make an immediate appeal as the consequences of such actions are "almost always negative."