A man who faces a daily commute of up to six hours has said he has no choice.
Wayne lives just outside Mullingar and has two round-trip drives to Dublin every working day.
He has been doing the commute for the last four years, when he and his wife were priced out of the Dublin housing market.
He told Lunchtime Live what his day is like.
"I'm living in Mullingar - so I drop the kids off to school, and my partner works in south Dublin so I drive her to south Dublin.
"Then I drive back again to collect the kids, and then in the afternoon I drive back to Dublin with the kids to collect herself and then come back in rush hour to Mullingar.
"I'm in a small village outside Mullingar, so there's not really much public transport there.
"We were both living in Dublin four years ago, but we moved out here because we couldn't get anything else when our house was being sold.
"This is as close to Dublin as we could get and as we could afford".
'They do their homework in the car'
He said he can spend up to six hours a day in the car, depending on traffic.
"Usually I get home at about 12 o'clock, wait for the kids to finish school at 2 or 3, then about 3.30 I head to Dublin again.
"And we're usually not home until probably about 7.30 or so.
"The kids do their homework in the car and things like that just to save some time when we get home".
He said being self-employed can be a help in this situation.
"I do have the time to do these things, but then again it doesn't leave me much time to do my own work as well.
"So I do a lot of that in the evening".
Asked if his wife drives, he said: "She doesn't at the moment... and with the insurance costs and things like that, sure we wouldn't be able to afford the insurance.
"We do have another car there, but it's a petrol car and she wouldn't be able to drive it from Mullingar to Dublin and back - we wouldn't be able to afford the petrol".
Wayne said the bill for the electric car he drives is about €300 a month - "a hell of a lot cheaper" than petrol, he said.
"But with the rising costs of energy, it's going up 40/50% each time", he added.
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