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Criodáin Ó Murchú used to work at least 24 hours a week in shops in addition to completing 40 hours of study on his chemistry course.
“I’d finish college early on a Friday and do the extra hours at work because I needed the money,” he said.
The 24-year-old would go eight weeks without seeing his family in Mullingar in Westmeath because of the need to work over Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays in shops and ...