'I have €54 to last a family of four until next Wednesday': Cork mother hits out at Government levy plans 

'I have €54 to last a family of four until next Wednesday': Cork mother hits out at Government levy plans 

Evie Nevin Social Democrats, speaking at a housing protest march organised by the Right2Housing group last year. Ireland. - Picture; David Creedon

A Cork mother and political activist has hit out reports that the government is considering a ban on ‘two-for-one’ meal deals and a levy on cheap clothes.

Evie Nevin, a West Cork disability activist and vice-chairperson of the Social Democrats, said the measures under consideration are typical of a government that is keen to “punch down”.

The government is considering a ban on ‘buy one, get one free’ food deals in supermarkets and levies on cheap clothes as part of plans to drastically reduce Ireland’s waste.

Taking to Twitter, Ms Nevin said:

“I walk around with clothes that have holes in them (and I have) €54 in my account to last a family of four until next Wednesday.

“Why are the Government not taxing the multi-million euro companies more instead of targeting the poor and vulnerable?

“Because we are easy to screw over.” 

Speaking to The Echo, Ms Nevin, who suffers from a rare genetic disorder, said the new measures will unfairly target those who are already suffering.

Ms Nevin suffers from Ehlers Danlos Syndrome, a genetic connective tissue disorder that causes the production of faulty collagen.

The condition causes dislocations, chronic fatigue, pain and other issues, meaning Ms Nevin cannot work and is in receipt of disability allowance.

“When the Covid payment was issued, we had a lot of TDs and people saying we can’t expect people to live for less than €350 a week but that’s what people with disabilities are being forced to do,” she said.

“I don’t understand why the government can’t, for once, go after the higher earners and the multinational companies worth millions, and tax them even a little bit more.”

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