Thursday, 26 June 2014
My information is that Contractors Administration Services, CAS, has not entered the site at St. Patrick's College in Drumcondra to date. Indeed, that was the case when I checked an hour ago. The same whistleblower who came to me and to the Minister reported similar concerns with regard to a construction site in the midlands. That construction site was visited by a social welfare inspector who found that more than 19 people were working there while claiming social welfare. Earlier this week, a spokesperson for the Department of Education and Skills said on RTE radio that CAS would be inspecting sites during the course of the summer which is akin to telling a burglar that a house is vacant between 9 a.m. and 10 a.m. and to come on in. This is a very serious allegation and I want to know what the Minister is going to do to ensure that taxpayers' money is being well spent on State-funded projects, that workers' rights are not being infringed and that people will not be allowed to continue to claim social welfare illegitimately.