If you would like to submit a contribution to our Readers Blog section then follow this link. Be sure to include your full name, address and contact number otherwise your submission will not be considered for publication. We will contact you prior to publication.

Hitting part-time home helps is not the answer

I FIND it extraordinary that the Government thinks cutting the pay of some of the lowest paid workers somehow will help get us out of the recession. Take, for example, home helps earning €11 to €12 an hour providing essential care in the community — most of them working part-time only. Take away 6% of their pay and all the Government will do is add to the dole queues.

There is no doubt reforms and cuts are needed in the public service, and there are plenty of high earners to choose from. However, taking 6% from those who shower, dress, wash and feed our vulnerable and elderly people surely can’t be the fair answer.

I would like to see cabinet members working for €12 an hour giving the showers, lifting the patients and all for four weeks’ holidays — not five months’ leave and €191,000 a year for possibly a three-day week with all expenses included. A fair plan, is it?

All those public servants earning under €50,000 a year should be exempt, especially when our poor bankers so badly need the money and will nodoubt need more because surely they had nothing at all to do this messy situation.

And yes, I am a public servant.

Can anyone take over from this incompetent Government before the IMF has to step in. In anticipation of a general election (sooner rather than later).

Patricia Deane

Gorthanedin

Keel

Castlemaine

Co Kerry


Lifestyle

Simple storage solutions for the DIY rookie.8 simple steps to putting up a shelf

Yes, many of us have succumbed to the ‘Covid stone’ and may be trying to lose it but we all need a treat from time to time. Our recipes here incorporate tasty fruits like blueberries, apricots and almonds while Derval’s lime, chocolate and oat biscuits are a delicious and yet healthy sweet treat option.Food and Fun: Take some time out for treats

“Do you know what penguins smell like?” Landscape painter Nicholas Romeril asks, and then laughs at his own question.Nicholas Romeril: Antarctic ice-olation was the perfect training for lockdown

No. Such a small word, but a powerful one.Normal People recap: Bad sex and a sad funeral

More From The Irish Examiner