We Worry about Feeding the Pets; Just about Getting by on a Part-Time Salary, the Delaney Family Have Said They Will Refuse to Pay a [Euro]100 Household Charge They Simply Can't Afford
MARY Delaney, 45, has worked as a nurse for 20 years at St Luke's Hospital in Kilkenny, where she and her family live. She is currently job-sharing while studying part-time for a law degree at Carlow IT. She is married to Jim, also 45, who was made redundant two months ago from his job as a school chef, where he worked for 27 years. They have one son, DJ, who is nine years old.
Mrs Delaney says: 'I'm disgusted that the Government didn't take this opportunity to tackle any of the big developers whose properties are under the control of Nama.
'Some of those developers are still earning six figures a year. AIB workers didn't get a pay cut, either, even though they are effectively public servants, while a host of State consultants continue to earn hugely inflated salaries.
'All this is going on and yet those with disabilities aged over 18 - the most vulnerable - have had their allowances cut in half.
'As a nurse, my basic salary is just [euro]20,000 as I job share. That income has remained the same, though I've had 10 per cent trimmed off my unsocial hours rate - a cut that reduces my take-home pay by some [euro]50 a month.
'Twice a week, I make the 85km round-trip to Carlow for college, so the carbon tax on petrol will hit me hard. I'll have to take the increase in motor tax on top of that. That's going to hurt. Every month, we have to meet the costs of an We have no choice but to pay it because of his debilitating condition. The VAT increase is significant and I'm even thinking about the food now for our cat Daisy and Goldie the dog.
'DJ does pony riding and music lessons but one will have to go as we now can't afford both.
'I'm not going to pay the household charge as we just cannot afford it. There's no certainty in this house and we may have to emigrate - thankfully we're near the end of our mortgage. …