Opinion Martina Devlin

Sunday 22 April 2018

Our society can never be fair while we are leaving the poorest out in the cold

Mike Allen, director of advocacy with Focus Ireland. Photo: Damien Eagers
Mike Allen, director of advocacy with Focus Ireland. Photo: Damien Eagers
Martina Devlin

Martina Devlin

Visiting someone in hospital recently, I fell into conversation with a country man who said he sold eggs for a living.

Puzzled by 'egg man' as a job description - unless he operated a battery system or his layers were egg-making marvels - I inquired how many eggs he might sell in a week.

"Eight or 10 dozen," he said. And could he make a living from it, I asked? After all, profit margins must be tight, with supermarkets squeezing suppliers to keep prices low for customers. He said it was sufficient for his needs: "I live very simply on my own."

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