in that time I've imagined pay scales, terms and conditions etc have changed, hopefully for the better.
Not much has changed in medicine in that time, actually. Salaries remained pretty static, because the NFZ budget hasn't increased very much.
... a genuine family bond that used to exist in Ireland but because of the former Celtic tiger material and monetary values came to the fore leaving the true meaning of the family unit or community in its wake.
Trust me when I tell you that there is no such thing as genuine family values in Poland. There are *many* people like you who thought the same, only to discover that they were quickly drawn into family feuds, gossiping and a lot of ridiculous behaviour from the in-laws. For instance, what will you do if your mother-in-law takes your child to the doctor for medical treatment without your knowledge or consent? Or what will you do if your child spends hours in the company of your father-in-law, who is smoking like a chimney with his mates and your child comes home smelling like a chimney?
It will be only worse if you have to work abroad, because they will impose their values on the child and ignore yours.
Our lives revolve around work, working to make ends meet, working to pay bills etc, like the hundreds of thousands of other families in both Ireland and Poland. I for one am growing weary of it.
That's pretty much exactly like Poland. Polish families have among the lowest level of personal savings in Europe.
I'm not interested in making millions but instead just enough for a comfortable life with my family.
What would be a comfortable life for you?