Andrew described the Budget as "a series of small cuts which will further erode our income but at least there was no major bad news for teachers that I can see".
"I'm scrutinising the fine print but so far I can't see any plans to hit teacher's pay. In the past few years I estimate we've lost €9,000 to €10,000 in pay. I was a consultant engineer before retraining as a maths and science teacher. I completed my retraining last June and I reckon I'm earning €20,000 less than I did as an engineer," he said.
"I love going in in the morning and find teaching very fulfilling. But my challenge now is being able to afford to raise a family on what they pay us."
He is concerned about childcare costs. "We haven't collected child benefit yet but already we're down €10. We're unclear whether Careena's maternity benefit will be taxed straight away or in the new year. We'll be paying more PRSI and all these cuts add up."