Sunday 21 January 2018

The Ryan Review

One minute you're sending them off to Junior Infants and the next you're apartment hunting for college. The stresses (and expense) of education funding is never-ending and I began my own search with one independent daughter in tow, armed with strong warnings about reluctant landlords wary of alcohol-ravaged parties and mattress-strewn living rooms when their nice two-bed with galley kitchen begins to resemble a warzone in the Gaza strip before long.

Not HER, obviously, but well, she shouldn't be too surprised if the average flat owner turns up their nose at the notions of a 19-year-old tenant wanting to turn a trendy city base into a student flop house.

Curiously my warnings were unnecessary. We met a number of perfectly decent landlords/agents quite willing to consider teenagers wanting to play house, but drawing the line at those grown-ups in receipt of rent allowance. Most ads stated it baldly at the outset to avoid even meeting someone with the temerity to be living on a State hand-out.

I've covered this topic many times to thundering apathy, but how can it be legal, ethical or moral to be allowed state in a viewing ad "Rent Allowance recipients need not apply". It wasn't right in the 1950s when it was 'Irish' or 'blacks' and it's not fair now.

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