Mother of three Catherine Daly believes that Minister for Finance should walk a day her shoes to understand how tough life is “from week to week as a family”.
She believes that Minister Noonan needs to “live in the real world for a change.”
“It’s hard to say no to your children when you don’t have the money to give them what they want,” she adds.
Catherine is the proud mother to nine-year-old Jonathan, Katlyn (5), and two-year-old Caoimhe. After the birth of her third child, Catherine created the Bumps ‘n’ Babies Maternity Wear & Children’s Wear online store.
But she finds it necessary to work a part-time job in addition to running the website in order to supplement her income. “I am very, very worried about the next budget on Tuesday. It affects all of us as a family,” she tells Independent.ie, adding that she does not believe successive austerity budgets have been beneficial to the nation at large.
Despite the government’s suggestion that the Irish economy has ‘turned a corner’, Catherine does not believe this is the case. “The day to day reality is that families are suffering and I fear that they will continue to suffer after Tuesday,” she says.
“From my perspective, trying to operate an online business, it’s been quite difficult. For example, when it comes to advertising, many avenues can be very expensive. Facebook – which has previously been a great source of free advertising – has now started to charge for advertising online so that leaves me in a predicament.”
The Cork-based entrepreneur is also worried about how the VAT changes will affect her relatively new business. “I am very concerned about the VAT as I feel that the proposed changes would impact my attempts at growing the business severely.”
Nevertheless, the proposed healthcare initiative that offers free GP care to children under five will no doubt be something that Catherine will be keenly looking out for on Tuesday afternoon.