Interesting that we are far from the worst in Europe on this measure, only 0.1% behind Germany and 0.4% behind Sweden. Is 1 in 6 at risk of poverty real or a matter of definition and how can the ‘ordinary joe’ tell?
Saw this summit on the 9pm news…it was a full house and reminded me of the worst days of the Celtic tiger when every un-elected quango and it’s dog had a say in policy and a subsequent piece of the pie
Ministers always say they are listening but in my experience, the mandarins get to paraphrase and filter the data and findings in briefing notes and minutes which are referred to when decisions are made and signatures placed. Therein lies real power.
I think the Granny Grant is a great idea. And I sadly have no available granny for childcare. I can appreciate how fiscally conservatives oppose the move but keep an eye on the Leftists. On Radio 1 they were immediately out against it citing how ‘we need to be more like Sweden. We need more state childcare’
Sweden is a low birth rate, high migrant, cluster fuck of a society. It is not something we should be aiming to copy. But Leftists would prefer strangers to look after children rather than extended family members. Anything that promotes traditional family roles annoys them. It is entirely appropriate that our society should support the childcare options that actually are used. Particularly when having grandparents where possible involved in their grandchildren’s lives is good for the children, good for the grandparents and good for society. It is entirely appropriate to incentivise this.
Well too late, Ireland’s role as an up and coming population factory for the over burdened states of the EU has been well laid out. (indeed, one could argue it was the major contributory factor behind the 2008 bust, and the bond holder bailout). The population growth just keeps on giving, it certainly would hit 5 million by the next census.