BUSINESSWOMAN Catherine Daly fears maternity benefit cuts will have an immediate effect on her baby and maternity wear business.
The mother-of-three was inspired to set up 'Bumps 'n' Babies – Maternity Wear & Children's Wear' online store after the birth of her third child. However, she still finds it necessary to hold down a part-time job to keep her business and family afloat.
"The maternity benefit changes will affect my customers, so in turn it will have a knock-on negative impact on my business," she said.
"I was very happy VAT didn't change and stayed at 23pc," the Cork-based entrepreneur added. "The last time I took the 2pc hit myself, when it rose from 21pc to 23pc.
As mother to nine-year-old Jonathan, Katlyn (5), and two-year-old Caoimhe, she was happy with the GP cards for the under-fives. "But my nine-year-old does have asthma so wouldn't be covered, and that doesn't square up," she said.
The businesswoman doesn't believe the economy has 'turned a corner' yet. "The day-to-day reality is families are suffering," she said.