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Mother-of-two Niamh O'Kennedy in her office at Murphy's Ice Cream in Dingle, Co Kerry. Photo: Declan Malone

Mother-of-two Niamh O'Kennedy in her office at Murphy's Ice Cream in Dingle, Co Kerry. Photo: Declan Malone

Mother-of-two Niamh O'Kennedy in her office at Murphy's Ice Cream in Dingle, Co Kerry. Photo: Declan Malone

With three daughters close in age, Margaret O’Sullivan thought she would be able to pass costly schoolbooks down the line – instead she is forking out hundreds of euro a year on new books.

This is because minor additions or changes in pagination have rendered perfectly good books “useless”, she said.


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