Leo Varadkar claimed Irish welfare rates were too high

Minister for Social Protection said payments should be cut by one-fifth in 2011 letter

 Minister for Social Protection Leo Varadkar. Photograph: Alan Betson

Minister for Social Protection Leo Varadkar. Photograph: Alan Betson

Minister for Social Protection Leo Varadkar previously claimed Irish welfare rates were too high by European standards and should be cut by one-fifth.

Mr Varadkar, who is now in charge of the welfare system in the new Fine Gael-Independent minority government, outlined the position at the start of the last government’s term.

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