I heard an interesting interview on Newstalk with a journalist from the Irish Examiner on why people had refused council homes in Cork. Among the refusals were the following: person didn't like the fact that the next door neighbour had a dog, another person said that the house was a bit dusty (the builders were in finishing off the snag lists at the time), another said that she might get sea sick with the view of the water from her house, one person had to go to Africa to visit his/her father, so couldn't accept the offer of accommodation.
It makes me think that we've lost the plot completely.
In my opinion, such people should be put to the bottom of the housing list. We've got way too soft and if people don't accept a genuine offer of good accommodation there should be consequences.
Same goes in my opinion regarding free legal aid. It should be a case of 3 strikes and you're on your own mate. You read of so may people in court, being defended by free legal aid, paid for by the tax payer of course, and it happens that they availed of such many times before. It might be one way to make these "regular attendees" realise that this gravy train can't go on forever.
What do you think? Is it time for action?
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