Au pair pay shock
A SURVEY of 31 au pairs has found that most are earning under €3 an hour. Most of the young women have domestic duties to carry out as well as minding children, and some work up to 50 hours per week.
The survey of the au pairs, who are all living in the Meath area, found that almost all are recruited via website and 87pc only stay here for six months. Cultur Migrants Centre – which carried out the research – is now calling on the Government for more safeguards for young au pairs, including a national public awareness campaign on the responsibilities of employers.
HOUSE AUCTIONS ONLINE
MORE than 20 properties will go 'under the mouse' in the world's first ever online-only property auction tomorrow.
The mix of homes and commercial premises are being sold on the internet by Allsops Space. Bidding opens online at 10am tomorrow and will continue for 24 hours. Among the properties being offered is a four-bedroom semi-detached home in Dublin's Templeogue with a reserve price of €460,000.
BADGER CULL TO CURB TB
THE Department of Agriculture is seeking contractors to carry out a cull of up to 12,000 badgers over two years. The proposed cull is being carried out as part of an ongoing effort to tackle tuberculosis (TB) levels in cattle.
The contract will be worth in the region of €2m and will involve the capture and shooting of the animals. Badger culling has been used as a way of reducing the levels of the disease for decades.
FAKE €20 NOTES ALERT
Gardai in the west have issued an alert about a gang circulating forged €20 notes, with smaller shopkeepers particularly being targeted.
The scam involves retailers being approached by individuals with a large number of €20 notes and being asked to change them into a larger denomination. Gardai say shopkeepers should refuse them and report the matter to their local garda station.
THE Stillbirth and Neonatal Death Association of Ireland – known as Feileacain – is hosting its first national Butterfly Day next Saturday.
A special Mid-summer Memories Remembrance service will be held in honour of Butterfly Day at 3pm in Saint Michan's Church, Church Street, Dublin 7. In remembrance of the babies, 200 butterflies will be released after the service. Dublin Gospel Choir will perform and the service is open to anyone affected by the death of a baby, either recently or long ago.