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Friday 20 October 2017

Katie Byrne: Au revoir - Have we overlooked the cultural exchange aspect of hosting an au pair?

Features writer Katie Byrne
Features writer Katie Byrne
Katie Byrne

Katie Byrne

It looks like we could be waving au revoir to the au pair tradition - or at least saying bonjour to a new way of doing things.

The Au Pair Placement Bill, which sought to define the role of the au pair, was recently defeated in the Dáil.

The bill, proposed by Deputy Anne Rabbitte, was brought forward following a recent landmark ruling in which an Irish family were ordered to pay a Spanish au pair €9,229 after they were found to have breached employment laws. The au pair was paid €100 a week, plus board, for between 30 and 60 hours of work.

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