“unusual patterns of dole claimants”

The Belfast Telegraph reports a complaint, by Donegal Fine Gael TD Joe McHugh, of “unusual patterns of dole claimants” in certain towns.

Social and Family Affairs Minister Mary Hanafin confirmed the problem was so serious it had been raised at a formal meeting of the North-South Ministerial Council by her SDLP counterpart Margaret Ritchie. The minister also noted that this activity “wasn’t confined to Donegal but was a feature of all border counties”. She also said: “We were always conscious of the problem because our rates have always been more generous, but the collapse of the sterling differential poses a new challenge to everyone to be even more vigilant.”

[Un-patriotic? – Ed]