Thursday 23 November 2017

Taoiseach says no woman will have to give up job in mortgage deal

Fionnan Sheahan

Fionnan Sheahan

TAOISEACH Enda Kenny says no woman will be forced to give up their job as part of a mortgage deal if their childcare costs exceed the wages.

Transport Minister Leo Varadkar is under fire for saying childcare costs will have to be taken into account in insolvency arrangements.

The minister's comments were based upon draft guidelines suggesting women would have to give up their job if they earn less than the childcare expenses.

But Mr Kenny said the debate was "phantom" and the guidelines laid down by the Personal Insolvency Agency will not be mandatory for anybody to give up a job in the country.

"The guidelines will not impose a condition on anybody, woman or man, to be forced to give up a job," he said.

"Nothing could be further from the truth. Let's put an end to it," he added.

Fianna Fail leader Micheal Martin said there was a "level of incoherence" in the Government on the issue.

"These guidelines are anti-women, anti-family and anti-employment," he said.

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