Sunday 23 November 2014

'There's barely enough to live on as it is'

Published 13/02/2013 | 04:00

Caroline Flynn (37) works as a Psychiatric Liaison Nurse for Sligo-Leitrim Mental Health Services.

She says she is opposing the latest round of government cuts because public servants have already suffered the impact of a pension levy and a pay cut, averaging over 6pc, on their wages.

"I can't take any more," she said.

"I work with people who self-harm and attempt suicide. The HSE has closed down 600 beds nationwide.

"There is supposed to be more community-led services, yet they are not prepared to increase staff numbers."

She said her pay was in the region of €40,000 a year, but there is barely enough to live on after the Universal Social Charge and other levies are deducted.

"I am renting and cannot afford to get a mortgage," she said.

"My credit card is maxed out and I sometimes have to pay for home heating and car insurance on it.

"I am trying to pay off my credit card, so this is really bad timing for me."

Irish Independent

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