Wednesday 20 September 2017

Our country is no place for single women raising children

• For women parenting alone, Ireland is a dangerous place. We are vulnerable because, like children and the disabled, we do not have the resources to fight back. Our energies are channelled into raising our children.

Parenting alone is exhausting. The hours are long and there are no breaks. Long hours and little sleep do not make for dynamic personalities. Our health takes a beating and self-confidence is low.

Exhaustion and sleep deprivation have been the tools of torture used by those in charge of prisoners to break the spirit. We are berated for not working by a government that makes it impossible for us to work. Damned if we do and damned if we don't.

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