Hadn't finished there!! Students can attend top class universities likes UCD and Trinity for 3,000 max a year provided they get the required points in their leaving cert. Many get student grants and pay no fees whilst in the UK the fees are very high and a country in which only student loans are available but of course these have to be paid back. The health care system in France is top drawer however and a lot better than in Germany I hasten to ad. The taxes are high but certainly no higher than Ireland where the effective tax rate is....52% for most workers.. Creches are capped in France and prices are a lot lower than in Ireland. In.Ireland it is an inconvenience to be sick and I repeat...the health system is chaotic.
Are you sure Ireland is that much different than plenty of other EU countries when it comes to housing or homelessness? The UK is in the middle of a huge housing crises. Germany has an estimated 500,000 thousand homeless and that was before the refugees arrived. They just do their best to ignore the problem. Sweden has about the same % wise as ireland. The problem in France is obvious if you have ever been in Paris. The present issues in Ireland are relatively new and are been dealt with.
Health is not good but then again you get what you are prepared to pay for. The best countries in Europe have very costly and compulsory private health insurance schemes. My brother paid almost €500 a month for cover in Germany but yet had to transfer to the US to get a good service for his Down syndrome son. Worst of all he must continue to pay 50% of the premium in case he ever went back to Germany. (he's now 6 years in the states where he pays a big premium there as well) . In ireland, once you get past the trolley stage you get fantastic treatment for as little as €75 a day in hospital.
On the schools and hungry kids. All DEIS (disadvantaged areas, urban and rural) schools , primary and secondary (well over 800 in total) are entitled to provide a free breakfast to the kids that want it. The scheme is dependent on a teacher over seeing it. A huge % of entitled schools do work the scheme with teachers volunteering their time. Schools can also access a dept of social welfare scheme that subsidies school lunches for 1000's of kids. Also with the help of teachers, some schools that have a need avail of the food cloud program.
This country may not be perfect but its still ONE of the BEST to live in and bring up a family in, in the world, never mind Europe.
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