Hard to make ends meet for low paid in 'cushy' civil service
It is seen as the ultimate 'cushy' number. But the reality for clerical officer Marie Fuller is that it is a daily struggle to make ends meet.
Marie, who works at Bandon Garda Station, said after mortgage repayments, childcare costs and running a car, there's little left.
Clerical officers start off on a pay scale of €20,000, rising to a maximum of €35,000.
The two-and-a-half hours extra she's obliged to work per week as part of the Haddington Road Agreement has increased the cost of childcare.
"All these cuts are crucifying. I would probably be better off if I gave up work completely," she said.
The Civil Public and Services Union, which represents about 13,000 lower paid administrative workers, is demanding full restoration of pay and a roll-back on the Haddington Road hours.