DROGHEDA, Ireland — Brian and Rosie Condra grew up poor. But as prosperity washed over Ireland in the first decade of the 21st century, they managed to buy
a modest house, start saving for their children’s future and, for once, do more than simply make ends meet.“We were on the up and up,” Mr. Condra said.Their fortunes suddenly changed, though, when Ireland’s banks went bust. Unlike Iceland, which did not save its debt-ridden banks, the Irish government decided taxpayers would pay the full bill, which adds up to more than 10,000 euros per person.Mr. Condra’s pay was gradually whittled down. He now earns 240 euros ($344) less a month, and his wife’s income fell after she cut her work hours to stay home and reduce their child care expenses.The forced austerity is tough, but his biggest fear, Mr. Condra said, looking at his three young children as they pried open a chessboard, “is that my kids will get caught up in a poverty trap.”The couple has stopped setting aside money for higher education so they can meet the mortgage payments. They no longer pay their electricity bill on time and have begun scrimping on items they took for granted, like butter. Birthday parties for their children have been stopped; a vacation trip is out of the question.(...)In the meantime, Mr. Condra added, “you have to hope for the best and plan for the worst. Because in Ireland, we haven’t gotten past the worst yet.”
"You have to hope for the best and plan for the worst" Discuss.J'ai ce sujet à faire pour demain, je dois faire 150 mots mais je ne sais pas comment commencer, quoi mettre et l'anglais et moi ça fait 2.
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