Thursday 21 February 2019

Donna's words that went viral

No one will ever stand over my grave and say "wasn't she great at paying her water tax", but it will be at that exact moment that my children will evaluate the quality in the years I gave them.

The legacy of Bertie Ahern and Brian Cowen has resulted in our two children being raised in childcare centres like caged hens while we work, breaking our necks and our children's hearts trying to keep up with tax after tax with nothing left by month end. We never financially over extended ourselves or left a bill unpaid, but still my two very young children are daily out of their home longer hours than the average industrial worker...as we work to meet another tax to our incomings.

Our reasons for not protesting before - exhaustion, anxiety, fear and not a minute to spare. But this is where it ends.

As the Irish Government has protected the bankers and corrupt of this country, I'm choosing to protect my children.

To do this I will do whatever it takes to give my children back their childhood. They will be at home, collected from school by me, and enjoy the security of a home life that should be an option afforded to every child.

This will obviously mean a reduction to our income resulting in overdue bills and unpaid taxes, but that stress will be a holiday compared to the exhausting days we currently put down dragging them from their beds at 6.30am, starting and ending the day in a house filled with children's tears of frustration and confusion as we pay back others' greed.

So you see, this government has pushed an exhausted family one step too far. Let's see who picks up the tab in the long run, Mr Kenny.

Donna Hartnett, Cobh, Co Cork

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Irish Independent

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