But in the suburb of Shankill [Co Dublin] where John Donovan (above) , 55, lives, the economic hubbub is absent. Many of his neighbors are barely scraping by. He moved into his mother’s small cottage after his hardware supply business buckled during the crisis.
With his scant savings eroded, he shoots pigeons for food and grills them outdoors to reduce his gas and grocery bills. “I do that just to live,” he said.
(Paulo Nunes dos Santos/NYT)
One of the government’s recent moves that has affected those looking for work was cutting grants for third level education. This has meant that students in low-income families are forced to apply for low-skill jobs rather than gaining qualifications that help them clamber up the employment ladder. When it comes to masters degrees, financial support has been cut entirely.
You could, of course, ask the bank for a loan, but they aren’t particularly enthralled at the idea of lending anyone any money at the moment, and it’s getting harder to find part-time jobs to support yourself while you study.
Other government policies include slashing budgets for community-led projects and business development, as well as initiating internship programmes like Jobsbridge, which offers opportunities like learning how to stack shelves at Tesco or fit tyres for Quikfit. That might sound vaguely positive, but the government foot an extra €50 on top of the dole for anyone taking part in the scheme, giving the companies full-time workers they don’t have to pay, meaning that there’s no real point in employing anyone on a proper wage.
However, perhaps the most extreme measure was the government’s decision to almost half dole payments for people under 26 last month…
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The Irish government has upped its tax breaks for production to 32% beginning in 2015, and extended it to include talent from outside the European Union — including U.S. stars — for their work in Ireland, bringing it in line with the U.K. incentives
But what does it mean?
“The Cost of Hollywood talent is now covered by the tax incentive”
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Niall O’M writes:
The Limerick Post needs new bicycle stock photos. Please give generously. Also, why do the Guards want a bike destroyed?
Muriel Molloy writes:
In through the letter box of a Saturday afternoon, just a smidgen of vitriolic bile from the Catholic Church. Suggested letter to send to people to decline your invite to their non-church wedding. This makes me sad because I had a non-religious ceremony and would have been devastated if we had got this from someone…
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