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Women also depend more than men on access to quality services (including child care, long term care and health services). This means that the high expectations of many people for the new democratic Government to deliver welfare services and programmes to address pressing needs cannot be fully met in the short-term. During the 1980s, other cities followed New York’s example. As it is, the Irish percentage of GDP spent on social protection (18.2 per cent) continues to compare badly with not only high spenders France (31.1 per cent) and Sweden (30.7 per cent) but also the EU15 average of 27.5 per cent, the UK (26.4 per cent) and countries like Greece (24.2 per cent) and Portugal (25.4 per cent) (Eurostat, 2009).

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Publisher: Zed Books (August 3, 2002)

ISBN: 1842771337

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