Positive #5 -Welfare in Ireland

Yes – you are right to do a double take. Surprisingly for anyone (yes my cousin in NYC I am talking to you 🙂 ) reading this outside Ireland – there is a generous welfare system here. Yet it depends on which side of the welfare fence you are speaking from.

I was on the corporate viewpoint for 13 years – having been brain washed by successive US companies. So I never really gave it any pause for thought – only to live in fear of ever being on ‘social welfare’. However now that me and 15% of the population of Ireland are on the ‘dole’ I am now experiencing it first hand.

First lets ‘crunch some numbers’ – can you believe I used to speak like that….never? If you have paid your PRSI (National Insurance contributions to our closest neighbours) and you should qualify for Job Seekers Benefit. Its €188.00 for an adult, €124 for a qualifying adult (say spouse doesn’t have the PRSI/NI paid) plus for two kids its €59.40. In total €371.40 for two adults and two children.

Also you can get your rent paid up to a total of €850 a month.

So I am pleasantly surprised. I imagined I would be living on €100 a week and walking because we couldn’t afford petrol or living on mash and beans.

Now it doesn’t seem so bad. I am someone who was a high earner for the last 13 years in corporate sales. So when I sat down and added up how much tax I paid since I moved to Dublin in 1998 – I came to the very rapid conclusion that I was due a financial dig-out from the government.

I am still trying to get over the guilt of ‘accepting’ the dole. I have given myself a series of serious ‘talking-to’s’that last for 2-3 days and then I need to have a chat with myself again.

So I keep trying to get used to accepting that it is okay to be unemployed for a while. Sometimes late in the evening, I ask himself if we are going to be unemployed forever. He reassured me we wont and I sigh with relief. I have told myself, he has told me – all I need to do now is believe it.

About joanniemitchell

An enforced lady of leisure. A Lady who cant afford to lunch! I was in Corporate Sales for Global Entertainment Company until 17th January when I had the phone call - 'Meet me in the office with HR'. Now am pursuing my Masters in Professional Writing and looking on the upside after Redundancy.
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1 Response to Positive #5 -Welfare in Ireland

  1. Olivia says:

    Well Joan – this post is the topic of one of the major discussions Sean & I have on a weekly if not more frequent basis. Is it too much?? Is this one of the major issues with the country & why they can’t recover or will take longer to recover? The people are entitled to this handout, they paid in, they signed up they expect it…. we have had many heated debates for months now Joan & many bottles of wine!!! (as you say it helps!). Still no conclusion on our side & I switch from one side to the other as does Sean. I am sure there are more bottles of wine to be drunk before I make my mind up… interesting debate.

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