€18k-a-month separation settlement exposes Ireland's chasm of inequality
When I read the headline in this paper yesterday: "Wife gets €3m homes and €18k a month from cheating husband" my heart sank at the thought of such an error on the front page. Surely the amount was €1,800 - €18,000 could not possibly be right.
But no, I was wrong and the headline was, of course, correct.
A high court judge, Mr Justice David Keane, has awarded a woman €18,000 per month maintenance, of which €15,000 was for herself and €3,000 for her children (there are four). €18,000 per month. That's €216,000 per year. And that's not all. She was also awarded the family home (worth €1.6m) and a €1.7m holiday home.