Friday 20 April 2018

'The price of everything has come down'

Brazilian sisters Monyka and Monyke's smiles belie the recessionary gloom gripping the rest of the country.

And it is not just because of the naturally sunny dispositions bestowed on them by their nationality.

They have recently moved into a spacious luxury apartment for €900 a month -- less rent than they originally paid for a studio at the height of the property boom.

"And that one didn't even have a separate bedroom -- we had to sleep on the floor!" says Monyka, a waitress and part time actress.

"Now we have two big double bedrooms and a balcony in a really nice area (Dublin's Smithfield). We love it!"

And it's not only paying reasonable rent that puts a smile on the sister's faces.

"The price of everything has come down. A pint of Bulmer's (Monyka's favourite tipple) used to be €6 -- now it can be €3.50 in some places.

"Food, clothes, restaurants, everything is cheaper."

When not acting, Monyka works in Insomnia coffee bar -- and is "very happy there". Her wages have remained constant enabling her buying power to increase . . . and there are no plans for wage cuts.

However, she is concerned that the sharp reduction in the minimum wage outlined in the Budget could lead to falling wages in the cafe sector in general, which could hit some people hard in the future.

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