Leo Varadkar’s welfare cheats advertisements a ‘hate campaign’

Ex-official at department of social protection claims move ‘all about leadership aspirations

Minister for Social Protection Leo Varadkar’s campaign includes the slogan: “Welfare cheats cheat us all.” Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Minister for Social Protection Leo Varadkar’s campaign includes the slogan: “Welfare cheats cheat us all.” Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

A former social welfare inspector claims that senior officials in the Department of Social Protection should not have allowed Minister for Social Protection Leo Varadkar “to go on a solo run” over his plans tackling social welfare fraud.

The campaign launched by Mr Varadkar includes the advertising slogan “Welfare Cheats Cheat Us All” and urges members of the public to report suspect benefit claimants.

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