Friday 20 October 2017

I'm no longer keeping mum... choice is causing the pay gap

There are many factors that contribute to a variation in wages for men and women, but it's a complex issue

First Minister Arlene Foster Photo: Niall Carson/PA Wire
First Minister Arlene Foster Photo: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Eoin O'Malley

It's been a bad week for women. Northern Ireland First Minister Arlene Foster came under fire this week for her part in and handling of the Renewable Heating Initiative (RHI), the so-called Cash for Ash scandal.

It relates to a shockingly poorly designed green energy scheme whereby businesses were incentivised to use renewable fuels - but no care went into what the energy was being used for.

The most egregious example of its failure is the possibility that a farmer could be paid £1m over the next 20 years to heat an empty shed. It's estimated that the scheme could cost the Northern Ireland exchequer £500m - big by any standard, huge for the small Northern Irish economy.

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