Income differences widened from 1987 to 2005 - and now the poor are asked to show social solidarity?
THE DISPARITY between household incomes has been highlighted in a new report which shows more than one-quarter of families were living on incomes of less than €20,000 in 2006, while 5 per cent of households enjoyed incomes of more than €134,000.
Some 11,200 households were on incomes of €250,000 or more.
Well the government is showing a lot of frustration over the unwillingness of those public sector workers on lower incomes and the increasing number relying on social welfare to survive to grasp the fact that we cannot sustain our current level of public expenditure and therefore we need drastic cuts in public sector pay, employment levels and social welfare payments. Somehow they, the government, are just not getting it.
It seems we have to take all the cuts just so as we can get back to business as usual which is what everyone knows it about most of us falling behind.