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Government must get tough on white collar criminals – Mitchell

14 July, 2017 - by Denise Mitchell TD

Sinn Féin Deputy Social Protection Spokesperson Denise Mitchell TD has hit out at the Government over its lenient treatment of white collar criminals.

Deputy Mitchell said:

“I think unfortunately this goes to the heart of much of the problems in society and our overall attitude to white collar criminals. Let’s be clear, it wasn’t dole cheats who caused the economic collapse of this State.

“It wasn’t welfare fraudsters who ran amok engaging in reckless lending that ultimately cost the people of this State Billions of Euros. If you were the listen to some of you lot, you’d be forgiven for thinking it was.

Deputy Mitchell also called on Minister Regina Doherty and her Government to get tough with companies who owe the State over €450million in redundancy and insolvency costs:

“Some of these companies are back up and trading again under different names after abandoning their employees and leaving the State to pick up the tab. Are we going to see a concerted campaign to go after these people?

Deptuy Mitchell welcomed other aspects of the Bill, including one provision which eases employment restrictions on citizens with disabilities:

“People with disabilities should not be in fear of losing a medical card or other disability supports because they want to enter the workforce.

"These citizens need to be supported in their employment ambitions and I think ending the practice of distinguishing between employment of a rehabilitative nature and work more generally, will be very welcome.”


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