Rising costs for public services

Water charges are on the way, public transport costs are soaring, and you may have to pay when you call the emergency services to an accident, writes Emma Kennedy.

3rd February, 2013
New Dublin Fire Brigade recruits stage a demonstration of an emergency situation for the public. Photo: Photocall

Austerity has had many effects: less money in our pockets, social discontent and, not least, a reduction in frontline services.

In the current economic climate, nothing is safe from the chop, meaning that crucial resources, such as garda stations, hospitals, schools and so on are under increasing financial pressure.

But it's not just the public purse that's being squeezed. Individual households have also seen their budget hit, making the relative cost of public services even...

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