Thursday 18 January 2018

Trapped: two professionals who are bearing the brunt of austerity

Maeve Sheehan

Maeve Sheehan

‘I feel trapped, I slog my guts out – but we are the working poor’

The Nurse:

ON the surface, Mandy Freeman doesn't seem so badly off. The 41-year-old theatre nurse in a Dublin hospital has a secure public sector job, a pension, a house and a car. She is a single mother but her two daughters are nearly reared. Her youngest has just sat her Leaving Certificate and her eldest is at university.

Look closer and you'll find a mother struggling under a succession of austerity budgets, a signed-up member of what she calls the "working poor", the coping classes".

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