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Fianna Fail – What you think we said, we didn’t say

I’m constantly frustrated with the Fianna Fail policy of saying something publicly, and then immediately backtracking in private. We’re left with the impression that something is being done about the problems we’re experiencing, whereas in reality, nothing is being done at all.

Here’s just one of the many examples we could pick out as to why we’re suffering under the worst administration in the history of the country.

According to the above article:

The Department is introducing stricter identity checks in Post Offices throughout the country for people collecting Social Welfare payments.

But, according to an interview with the Minister on Morning Ireland on RTE1 on the Monday morning, not everyone will be obliged to show an ID. And in an age where very few of our media journalists ask the hard questions, the Minister wasn’t pushed on the fact that she had almost immediately back tracked on the new stricter rule that she was on the national airwaves to publicise.

In what was essentially the drift of what she was saying, if you’re known to staff, you won’t be asked for ID – but if you’re a non-Irish national, you will.

It’s not as if social welfare fraud was only carried out in Ireland with the arrival of our non-Irish national friends.

It’s nuts that they’ve come up with a rule and have backtracked on it immediately. It’s typical Fianna Fail bluff and thunder – “we’re saying one thing to make you think we’re doing something, but then we’re doing something else – or more particularly, not actually doing anything”.

I could be the most well known person in my local bank and have built up an excellent relationship with my bank manager by being a great client, but as soon as I ask to open a new account, they’re still going to ask me to prove who I am with proof of address and passports and so on.

Why shouldn’t all people be obliged to show their photo ID? I don’t believe anyone would actually have an issue with that if they were validly seeking benefit and knew that by doing so they’d be ensuring those fraudulently claiming benefits would be outed. It’s called the greater good – but we’re slowly but surely forgetting about that in this country.

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