It has been confirmed today by the Minister for Social Protection Leo Varadkar that those who have been found guilty of social welfare fraud will be named and shamed and placed on a public register.
The news was announced this afternoon after Mr Varadkar submitted the new Social Welfare Amendment Bill before the Dail.
Undr the new amendments which aims to stamp out social welfare fraud, those who are found guilty in court of claiming vast amounts of money from social welfare payments will have their names and addresses released into the public domain every three months.
Although the latest reforms to the bill which will include provisions to stop or reduce payments given to those found guilty of fraud, has yet to pass through the Oireachtas before it becomes legal.
Speaking about the latest amendments Mr Varadkar said that he is keen to introduce reforms in the area of social welfare.
Mr Varadkar also said: “He is looking forward to a fruitful debate in the Oireachtas as the Bill proceeds through the Houses.”
He also said the latest Bill is likely to move through Dail quickly and he hopes to have the new laws implemented before the Dáil summer recess.