Friday 24 March 2017

Not all of us at boom-time party

Sir -- I take great exception to Brian Lenihan's comments last week about how "we all partied" during the boom years. Has he no tangible sense of reality as to what ordinary people were doing during the 'boom' times?

I was working for a local authority and took a career break in 2000 to work abroad. When abroad, I got married, and we moved back to Ireland in 2003. We were pleased with getting work. We bought a house in 2004. We had to buy 40 miles outside Dublin. It was the best we could afford due to the rising cost of housing.

The commute nearly killed my husband. It took one-and-a-half hours in the morning but two hours in the evening to get to and from work. The cost of the mortgage, travel and child care for two children meant that our two salaries could not make ends meet. We had no social life. We decided that we needed to move abroad temporarily until the children were school-going age, to reduce our costs.

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