Sinn Féin Spokesperson Aengus Ó Snodaigh welcomed today's ESRI report and called on the Minister not to cut social welfare.
Deputy Ó Snodaigh said "Today's report from the ESRI is welcome and timely. It dispels the myths propagated by certain commentators and vested interests that social welfare rates put people off taking up work.
“In high quality research the ESRI have established that just 6% of social welfare recipients would be better off on the dole. So 94% would be better off at work.
“The clear implication of the research is that people are stuck on the dole because there aren't enough jobs. Those claiming social welfare should be cut in order to incentivise work are barking up the wrong tree altogether.
“Social Welfare incomes must be maintained. I am deeply concerned that the Minister refused to restate the Programme for Government pledge to maintain social welfare rates when I asked her to yesterday morning.
“I would urge her to study this research and not capitulate to the vested interests who are seeking to lower social welfare further in order to pave the way for even lower wages”.