Oireachtas Joint and Select Committees

Thursday, 1 December 2022

Public Accounts Committee

2021 Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General and Appropriation Accounts
Vote 37 - Social Protection - Social Insurance Fund 2021
Chapter 10: Regularity of social welfare payments
Chapter 11: The recovery of benefit and assistance payments following compensation awards
Chapter 14: Classification of workers for PRSI purposes

9:30 am

Mr. John McKeon:

A number of staff went to Spain. One of the presentations they gave was all about the accommodation situation in Ireland. They were very honest and open about the difficulty with getting accommodation. They said that workers who are coming to Ireland are having to rely on hostels and may have to get hostel accommodation. They recommended to anyone who was thinking of coming that they should sort out their accommodation before they arrived rather than coming and then hoping to sort it out afterwards. There was full transparency with regard to accommodation.

Nevertheless, we are in a bit of a chicken and egg situation. The vacancy rates in some sectors are quite high. Employers are finding it difficult to get workers. There are workers available in other countries. The question is whether an employer leaves the job vacant. It is a difficult one. There is no perfect or right answer.