Give us increased tax credits and childcare breaks
IT'S hardly surprising that the news went practically unnoticed. What with all the shenanigans down at GSOC HQ keeping us well entertained last week, we can hardly be blamed for failing to take much notice of a dreary statistical report published by the Nevin Economic Research Institute (NERI). But, in the big scheme of things, we may do well to sit up and take notice, because it affects all of us – rich, poor, gay, straight, garda and private citizen. The news that the fallout from our 2008 banking crash and consequent austerity drive has resulted in about half of all Irish households struggling to survive on less than €35,000 a year after paying income tax, PRSI and universal social charge is pretty dire.