I fully agree with syklops in that this is a further burden on the taxpayer:
Real job - person off live register saving the state money
Sham job - person receives dole from state, company gets cheap work, government looks like it's doing something.
Also, I and lots of others have always wanted people on the dole to pay their way and be made to work for their money. So even if I have to give them an extra 50 quid a week it still makes me feel better to think they're not just at home scratching their hole while I fund their lifestyle.
Make no mistake, Ireland is about to get a whole lot more competitive when this scheme is introduced.