Opinion

Thursday 18 January 2018

€18k-a-month separation settlement exposes Ireland's chasm of inequality

There is another strata of ‘rich’ out there – people we have never heard of, living lives we wouldn’t even aspire to
There is another strata of ‘rich’ out there – people we have never heard of, living lives we wouldn’t even aspire to

Barbara Scully

When I read the headline in this paper yesterday: "Wife gets €3m homes and €18k a month from cheating husband" my heart sank at the thought of such an error on the front page. Surely the amount was €1,800 - €18,000 could not possibly be right.

But no, I was wrong and the headline was, of course, correct.

A high court judge, Mr Justice David Keane, has awarded a woman €18,000 per month maintenance, of which €15,000 was for herself and €3,000 for her children (there are four). €18,000 per month. That's €216,000 per year. And that's not all. She was also awarded the family home (worth €1.6m) and a €1.7m holiday home.

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