Sunday 4 December 2016

'My daughter and I live with my parents - I can't afford to move'

Ryan Nugent

Published 29/10/2016 | 02:30

Pobalscoil Rosmini teacher Brid McMahon Photo: Mark Condren
Pobalscoil Rosmini teacher Brid McMahon Photo: Mark Condren

A mother of one teaching on the lower grade pay scale is living in her parents' home with her daughter because she cannot afford to move out.

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Pobalscoil Rosmini teacher Brid McMahon (35), from Dublin, graduated as a teacher in 2011 but didn't get a job in the profession until 2012.

Her situation means that she is operating under two different pay scales and is down thousands of euro a year.

Ms McMahon (inset) and her teenage daughter, Cara (14), are living with her parents in Marino - she could afford rent in her previous job in business.

"For me there is just under €7,000 a year that I'm not getting, so after five years of teaching there is almost €35,000 that I've missed out on," Ms McMahon said. "I'm still living at home, I can't afford to move out, so it's those differences.

"I was able to afford to rent (in her previous job), I'm a mother as well so I have a child that I need to support and I had to move back to my parents house.

"If I was on the money I should be on, I would be able to afford to pay the rent."

As a business teacher, she said there was an irony to her work with students.

"I'm just teaching the employment equality act to my fifth years so there's a slight irony that I'm teaching it but not getting it myself," she added.

"I couldn't leave, because I love it and I think the department know that.

"But there's only so much you can put up with."

Irish Independent

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