## Sunday, August 19, 2012

### 19/8/2012: Gaffe of the week?

An interesting revelation comes the courtesy of one of our Senators:

"It's very hard work. You have two-and-a-half to three weeks' work in one week. We start at 8 in the morning and don't finish until 5 or 6. That's a lot more work than a day at home."

In other words, Mrs Fidelma Healy Eames (Senator) has found herself working 2.5-3 times the normal week's work load by taking up work lasting from 8 am through 5-6 pm. Let's do the maths: 10 hours day span for working day is 2.5-3 times normal weekly time implies that 'normal' working hours for Mrs Eames are in the region of at most 10/2.5=4 hours.

But let's give Mrs Eames some benefit of the doubt and suppose that she worked the horrific hours seven days a week with no lunch or other breaks, in which case her work load on her trip to Rwanda and Kenya was running at (7 days x 9 or 10 hours per day) = 63-70 hours per week. If that is 2.5-3 times the normal work load, our Senator undertakes back at home (in Ireland), her statement suggests working week of 21-28 hours per week in Ireland.

By the way, average paid working hours in Civil Service and Defence sector in Ireland in Q1 2012 stood at 34.6 hours per week. And that is skewed down by part time workers taking lower hours.
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