There is some interesting data hidden in the latest live register figures today.
There are currently 18,120 people from the UK signing on in Ireland. These are people who do not hold Irish passports, so include Britons but not necessarily Northern Irish people.
There are 3,902 people signing on who come from the old EU15 (minus Britain and Ireland, that is.) That includes French people, Germans, Spanish, Italians, Danes, etc.
There are 40,427 people signing on who come from the EU accession states - Poland, Latvia, Lithuania, etc.
And there are 13,926 people signing on who come from elsewhere.
We can do nothing about the right of EU citizens to take benefit payments from Ireland, even if we cannot afford it.
But these figures indicate that for every Western European signing on (and remember they have had the right to live and work here for generations) there are TEN Eastern Europeans signing on (who have only had the right to live and work here for the past few years.)
And we are apparently paying dole to nearly 14,000 people who do NOT come from the EU.
My question is simply, why?