Borders, as we know, offer many opportunities for the entrepreneurially-minded. Those activities, unlike the cross-border shopping referred to in an earlier post, are not always legal. A recent Prime Time Investigates suggested that there may be growing instances of social welfare fraud along the Irish border. Michael Taft’s analysis on progressive-economy takes issue with this comment. He points out the geographies of social welfare offices (just two for the whole of Cavan, for example): taking these geographies into account gives a completely different shape to the story. As Taft points out,  it’s more important to try and understand the spatial differences in live register increases, a topic we will return to on Ireland After Nama at a later stage.

Mary Gilmartin

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