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# Poverty

Last year
Dr Laura Bambrick: Why pay child benefit to wealthy parents?
The double Child Benefit payment has reopened a regular debate on whether we are wasting public money on wealthy parents, writes Dr Laura Bambrick.
Analysis: Governments must act before energy prices break consumers' backs
Economist Victor Duggan looks at rising energy prices and possible ways consumers can be helped.
# increase
Almost one in ten people struggled with food poverty in 2021, according to government
Approximately 8.9% of Irish people experience food poverty according to a government survey, around 445,000 people.
# Cost of Living
Children falling into poverty more quickly than rest of population, says charity
The Children’s Rights Alliance has said that the issues for Irish children and young people are starting to worsen.
# Housing Crisis
Future retirees in Ireland to face 'substantially' lower levels of home ownership, research warns
The finding was contained in a new ESRI report.
# Housing
One fifth of people in Ireland living below poverty line when housing costs are included
A new study has examined poverty risk in the context of the cost of housing.
# food poverty
Conservative MP claims people use food banks because they cannot budget or cook properly
Tory MP Lee Anderson made the remarks during a debate in the UK parliament.
# Central Statistics Office
Over half of households in receipt of housing assistance at risk of poverty in 2020
New CSO figures show that nearly one million people were at risk of poverty in 2020 when housing costs were taken into account.
All time
Opinion: Rising energy costs this winter are now a major concern for low-income households
Issy Petrie from the Society of St. Vincent de Paul says the government must act now to prevent people slipping in to poverty this winter.
Opinion: Today's UN food summit in New York cannot become just another talking shop
Caoimhe de Barra of Trócaire says humanity must act as one on ending hunger and malnutrition.
# Poverty
Ireland pledges €1 million to help 'poorest and most vulnerable' Lebanon households
Lebanon is facing “enormous challenges”, Minister Simon Coveney said.
Brendan Ogle: It's time to stop gaslighting the public over income inequality
The trade unionist takes issue with how household income is quantified and discussed in the public domain.
# purple house
Cancer patients are at increasing risk of poverty due to Covid-19, charity warns
Purple House Cancer Support Centre received almost 3,000 calls to its helpline since March.
To tackle income poverty and inequality, we need to fully understand the complexities of the data
The 2019 Survey of Income and Living Conditions offers an important insight into life in Ireland today.
# disposable income
CSO: 8.1% of children in Ireland live in consistent poverty
The scale of poverty in Ireland is “far too high”, say activists.
# Lebanon
Explainer: How Beirut explosions came at 'worst time possible' for a country in a 'dire situation'
Prior to the devastating blasts, Lebanon was already dealing with its worst economic recession in decades.
# community response
Demand for food and mental health support surges due to Covid-19
Family Resource Centres have seen a slump in their incomes because of the coronavirus pandemic.
# low pay
Minimum-wage sectors hard hit by Covid-19 shutdown - ESRI
Retail, accommodation and food sectors employ half of all minimum wage workers in Ireland.
The average household disposable income is now €51,458, according to the CSO
Society of St Vincent de Paul welcomed the fall in consistent poverty but said the downward trend will be reversed due to the failure of budget 2020.
# Poverty
Life expectancy in Ireland's most deprived area 7 years lower than most affluent area
That’s according to a new report published by Trinity College Dublin researchers today.
# welfare cuts
'Unprecedented' rise in infant mortality in England linked to poverty
Welfare cuts in the last decade have taken their toll on certain communities, new research has found.
# Automation
Poll: Should every citizen in Ireland get €200 a week regardless of income?
The idea has been trialled in other countries, including Finland and Kenya, Brazil and Canada.
# period poverty
'Girls are forced to have sex in exchange for sanitary pads or 50 cents'
Young female activists are working to improve people’s lives in the largest urban slum in Africa, Kibera.
Opinion: Let's drop the narrative of the undeserving poor and other myths that dehumanise people
My new play attempts to capture the perspective of young people who have been in state care – humanity has to be at the core of our response, writes Fionnuala Kennedy.
Opinion: Lone parents who work get up very early in the morning - but Varadkar doesn't represent us
Lone parent families are twice as likely to be living in poverty now compared to 2012, but the Taoiseach doesn’t see that as a problem, writes Louise Bayliss.
# family poverty
Poverty has doubled among working parents over five-year period, SVP report finds
In 2017, 45% of lone parents reported a heavy financial burden due to housing costs.
# Deprivation
Nearly 16% of Irish households at risk of poverty last year while disposable income increased
New CSO data shows that the average annual household disposable income was €48,476 in 2017.
# Charity
Irish charity founder in Kenya works 6 days a week and pays himself €300 a month
“I can do more here,” James Hennessy says of his life in the Great Rift Valley.
Poverty: 'There is a dominant narrative that seeks to blame people for their circumstances'
But the reality is choices are dramatically different for people living in poverty compared to those with access to resources, writes Dr Tricia Keilthy.
Opinion: 'In modern Ireland, you are invisible without money'
These lives matter as much as those whose accumulated wealth has been transferred to them through generations of social mobility, writes Audry Deane.
Poorer households turning to pre-pay heating - but that means they pay a 'poverty premium'
A new Mabs report covered the west Dublin areas of Ballyfermot, Chapelizod, Palmerstown and Cherry Orchard.
# deprived
'Significant gap': Lone parents and those with disabilities among the most deprived in Ireland
Lone parents and adults with a disability were worse off than other people of the same age.
# Poverty
Roma children living in 'overcrowded houses with rats, damp and sewage'
Over 80% of respondents in new research reported discrimination in the street or in a public place.
# tunisia
Over 600 people arrested in Tunisia after three nights of widespread unrest
The latest unrest saw a provincial police station torched, Molotov cocktails hurled at police and tear gas fired.
# Struggles
Extra €60,000 given to St Vincent de Paul to deal with post-Christmas poverty
A total of €1.4 million has been given to the SVP by the Government this year.
# Girls not Brides
Irish project helping to end child marriage in Nepal
10% of girls in Nepal are married by the age of 15 and 37% by the age of 18.
'An old man had been taken into Garda custody for knocking on a door. ALONE went to his rescue'
A new book chronicles the first 40 years of the charity ALONE. This is a flavour of the minutes of its meetings from 1984 to 1997.
# custody
Neglect and abuse of Irish children in institutions led them to set cells on fire and swallow nails
There was a huge resistance to child psychology in Ireland up to the 1950s due to the close connections between state and church.
# Feature
‘I’d drive 5km between my apartment and the academy - it was just littered with homeless kids’
Irish football coach Ray Power tells The42 about working in Tanzania.
# Poverty
'Left with €15 after bills': The week-to-week struggle of a single parent in Ireland
36-year-old Mairead was forced to give up her job following the reform of the One Parent Family Payment.