Senator Harte questions massive social welfare payments

Labour Senator Jimmy Harte has questioned the need for massive social welfare payments to many families after revealing that some are receiving €90,000 a year.

The Donegal Senator highlighted the case of one family from Dublin, an unemployed married couple with four children, who are being paid €1,763 per week.

Mr Harte, who received the information from Department of Social Protection officials, said €50,000 is more than enough for a family to survive on.

Senator Harte said that he believed the figure was far too much to be handed to a family in support payments....