I agree 100% with your posts. I pay savage tax and what I get into my hand after everyone gets their cut is feck all. Banana republic. My teen son smashed his face up recently and we went to A&E in a major south side Dub Hosp. The guy needed immediate surgery.....the wait to see a doctor? 12hrs plus. The lad was passing out in pain. Fughin joke. Called a surgeon mate of mine and he was on the slab 2hrs later being repaired in another hosp. My point is Rep of Ireland relies off the middle classes to keep all in sundry. Our medical service is appalling, our tax situation is outrageous. Our rental property market is so fughed up as vulture funds snap up thousands of apartments from those who invested in the boom. See Elm Pk apartments ....all snapped up by a vulture fund apart from a few remain in private hands...One big reason for this is the govt cleavered all property tax allowances, lumped on extra taxes on struggling landlords that left them either bust or unable to manage their properties re expenses.....now we have a massive property negative bubble where kids can't buy properties, tons of properties lie vacant, banks are still not lending and the rental market is now entering the black market where under the counter money is passed to secure a rental re the latest rental caps. It's a total mess folks and who do I feel sorry for ? The young people- up and coming youngsters haven't a chance in this climate. Sorry for the rant but Font has it in one.
Treated for free in Ireland john?? You did not grow up in the same Ireland I did.
The average cost of going to the doctor/physio in Dublin is between 50 and 80 euro a pop unless you are on a medical card that is.... which most people are not. Nobody else in Europe has to pay as you go to the Doctor and if they do they get an immediate refund. We don't.
In the UK you may have to wait a week or two to be seen but it is completely free as are the prescriptions. In France it is free and you are seen straight away and 90% of your medication is refunded with the carte vitale. Prescriptions are generally not refunded at all in Ireland....not a cent in general.
The cost of going to a doctor in France is.....27 euro if you are a foreigner...there are no variables.
Many middle class people in Ireland where the effective rate of tax is 52% simply cannot afford this. Most people require private health insurance otherwise you will simply die if anything chronic happens to you and that is the truth of the matter. You could be waiting 12-18 months for cancer treatment on the public waiting list. Average family health insurance is approx. 2,500 euro for a family of four with an average plan. The cost of going to university is 3,000 euro per student (and this is going to shoot up) and only a minority get free education through SUSI (Students Universal Supports Ireland). France, Germany, Spain etc are cheaper and in Denmark they actually get paid to go to third level! Have a look at the cost of other European universities on EUNICAS. Thta said I did say that the Irish education system was generally god in my previous emails.
Breakfast is only ever provided in DEIS schools John (Disadvantaged schools) and in no other public school. There are no school dinners anywhere except in private schools. So john this is what the people of Ireland want...equality and services and we DO NOT HAVE THEM. No point talking about it as if we do. We have come along way since the famine thank God and since gaining our Independence but we are miles behind the continent is so many other things. I still have one parent here thank goodness but if she were not here I would have gone back to the continent myself. And yes John the weather is crap here all year long but we cannot blame the government for that....there is a better quality of life in so many other places in Europe. Rant over!
I guess you are a class half empty guy. I see this country completely differently. I see a country where if your sick you can be seen by and treated by some of the best nurses and doctors money can buy and for free. You may have to wait on a trolly for time to time in the busy hospitals but its a fair trade off for the service you get. In many other first world countries to get the best treatment you pay through the nose for insurance or tax. I see a county where even the poorest kids can get a degree for free and where even if you middle class you get a degree for a pittance compared to some places. If these educated kids want to head abroad for a better life they are not stopped even though the tax payers that funded that education will loose out on their skills. Its rubbish to say the only can go to english speaking countries. The Irish are is every city and country in the world. Its their choice what language they learn at school. the state does not force them to like French, Spanish or German. I had that choice 30 years ago never mind today. I have no time to write any more but I could go on. PS. some kids do go to school but there is a breakfast provided in plenty of school all over ireland.
God post Fontenoy! To be balanced I think there is an excellent quality of life. However, the real killer for me is the climate!
These 5% swings in BKIR wreck my head and there is no appearance of the abating. ..
I guess we will get a drop in sterling assuming the bill goes through tonight. Been listening to the debate and the best moment was comparing brexit to a rainbow, except the 'crock at the end of the rainbow' contained something other than gold!
Irish companies do well owing to their entrepreneurial nature and general competence. However Enda Kenny is a walking disaster as is this FG government. In how many European countries do you hear reference to the chaotic situation of state hospitals practically every bloody day of the year!! Ireland's are filthy, understaffed and underperforming. Hundreds of people lying on mobile beds (trolleys) constantly. Cannot get Irish nurses owing to crappy pay and high taxes. The education system is quite good as I said in my last post but we are 'paddy' last in terms of foreign language acquisition which means that the unemployed are obliged to go to English speaking countries like Australia, New Zealand, UK and US to seek work. Whatever about the UK but the other countries like Aus and NZ are on the other side of the planet so very costly to get to and certainly not ideal for maintaining family ties!! Transport system is a joke...no metro, no linked up rail system and no train service to and from Dublin airport...one of the busiest in Europe in terms of population size. What have all these 'excellent' govs (which you allude to), ,done to remedy this?? Zero. Many kids still going to school hungry but school meals still denied to them. I am sorry John but Ireland has a huge way to go to catch up with our continental neighbours in terms of health (including mental health services which are pracically non-existent in Ireland), transport and diet..we are the second most obese country in the EU after the UK....that says it all.
Unfortunately my laptop froze writing my response to the in correct comments you wrote in the second half of your post and I lost it all. I haven't the will to write it all again but I totally disagree with everything you say. Just check any comparison on the economy, education or health v the rest of the world and ireland is way up there. We didn't get there by accident. We were lead there by our governments over the decades. We didn't have natural resources to back us up or beautiful weather to draw in tourists. We made the right choices at the right times including joining the EU. fair enough they were a huge help to Ireland but so too were they to plenty of other countries that have not prospered near as much as Ireland with equal help. Politicians are convenient targets but despite how they are perceived and acknowledging a few blips ours have lead Ireland reasonable well over the years.
Well Merkel is probably on the way out and Macron on the way in for France. French economy ironically is starting to do very well again with unemployment dropping substantially and loads of companies/start-ups being created. Fillon could be in huge trouble however with Penelopegate..then again Ireland is great at that as well....jobs for the boys and girls (even within the family!).
Macron is young, dynamic and extremely bright. A millionaire also...made a huge amount of money in stocks and banking sector.
In Ireland we have ....Enda 'bogman' Kenny. Incompetent and default Taoiseach who is not liked generally speaking. This pipsqueak insists on going to the US on St. Patrick's day to give a bowl of shamrock and sh.te to Trump to boost his own ego. Not that that punk Trump gives two craps about Ireland or Kenny. Nevertheless, Irish companies do very well without Kenny both on the continent and further afield however they need to secure more of a foothold in Germany, France and Italy.... (210 million people) and be less reliant on the UK.
Irish politicians on the other hand are an embarrassment. Irish politics is backward and insular. Health system is even worse than in the UK and the schools are underfunded (school kids don't even have meals provided in public schools...it is still 'bring your own grub' time in this country). So yes, although the Irish Education is quite good in Ireland, the facilities are poor. Without the EU Ireland would be as poor as a church mouse. Thank God we are still in it. The best thing we ever did....and the Euro.
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