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Thursday 21 September 2023 Dublin: 12°C

# Poverty

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Some good news for a Sunday morning: The world is becoming a better place
It’s not all that bad.
The number of billionaires in the world doubled during the global crisis
If the richest three people spent $1 million every day, it would take 220 years to run out of money.
Opinion: Sky-rocketing childhood poverty is a direct result of austerity
Moves to cut child benefit, unemployment benefit and social assistance were not inevitable, they were choices.
More than 130,000 children slipped into poverty during the recession
Ireland is 37th of 41 OECD countries.
Ireland is ahead of the pack in terms of supporting developing countries
Ireland is the only donor country to allocate half of its total aid to the world’s least developed countries.
Open house: What we learned about homelessness this week
#1: Some of the most eloquent voices in this crisis are those of homeless people themselves.
Column: In El Salvador, a total ban on abortion has led to death and decades of imprisonment
In El Salvador, one of only nine countries in the world that has a total ban on abortion, suicide accounts for 57% of all deaths of pregnant girls aged under 19.
Opinion: Government needs a wake-up call over water charges
This charge will be a greater burden on those with low income – it’s an unfair and regressive tax on a fundamental need.
One in five older Irish people live in deprivation
74,520 Irish people over the age of 65 are suffering enforced deprivation.
Open thread: What words do you associate with homelessness?
How do you think about people who have no permanent home? We want to hear.
One third of Irish population forced to go without basic necessities
A report this morning also warns that we will need to serious investment in healthcare facilities as the number of over 85s in Ireland will double by 2025.
99% of young adults in D6 go to college, just 15% in D17
A report from the Higher Education Authority says we “urgently need to tap into the deep reservoirs of disadvantage”.
One in four children in Ireland are born to a non-Irish mother
A new study by Trinity College Dublin has also found that migrant parents face a greater risk of poverty.
Apple's iPhone 6 faces a big pricing problem around the world
Relatively poorer customers can’t afford it – and they’re turning to Android.
The '100 millionth' Filipino baby was born this morning
The little girl’s birth highlights the challenge of providing for the growing population of people in the country who are already living in poverty.
Oxfam in Canada was told that it isn't allowed prevent poverty anymore
The Canadian revenue authority say that doing so would benefit people who are not already poor.
Suitcase or coffin? The choice thousands of people faced in CAR
A total of 2,599 people died by gunshot, machete attacks or grenades in a six-month period.
'The homeless tsunami has arrived' as Dublin numbers reach new high
…And the figures haven’t dropped once in the last six months.
Opinion: An opportunity to rid the world of poverty is on the horizon
A concerted push for global development, the Millennium Development Goals, will wrap up next year. The UN is meeting today to discuss what comes next – inequality and climate change must be on the agenda this time.
Should families with teens be given more money to feed them?
A food poverty charity has asked Joan Burton to consider ow expensive it is to feed teenagers when drafting the next Budget.
16% of people in Ireland living below poverty line have jobs
A briefing document from Social Justice Ireland said the government needs to close the huge income divides in the country.
Up for debate: What sort of Ireland do we want?
St Vincent de Paul wants the Government to lead the debate on this question.
Ireland treats children seeking asylum as 'second class citizens'
The Special Rapporteur on Child Protection today made comparisons between asylum centres and mother and baby homes and asked why we’re not right outraged now, when it’s happening.
Opinion: How can we revitalise rural towns? Simple – take some of the risk out of doing business
The key to taking advantage of the bounce-back is to remove some of the fixed costs involved in starting up a business (or keeping one going).
The recession is popping up a lot on Leaving Cert papers this year
First they were asked to analyse budgets for families on the dole, now it’s essays on poverty and calculating youth unemployment rates.
Opinion: Climate change is the single biggest threat to winning the fight against hunger
Everyday items such as cereals, yoghurts and ice cream have a hefty climate footprint. A quarter of all emissions are coming from the food system and these emissions are growing as demand for food rises.
Poor people in Europe forced to choose between heating and eating
Oxfam is calling on G7 leaders who are meting tomorrow to reassess Europe’s energy strategy to move towards more sustainable and affordable fuels.
Opinion: Equality and social justice for women is my life’s work
In the run-up to Africa Day, Salome Mbugua discusses her social justice work in Ireland and various African countries.
UN committee meets in Dublin to plan Eradication of Poverty day
The day has been observed for just over two decades now, starting in 1993 and has been held every year.
Opinion: Across Europe, equality is being obliterated by austerity
Social Europe is being destroyed. Will our EU 2014 candidates pledge commitment to fighting rising poverty, unemployment, inequality and social exclusion?
Column: A vaccine could soon be here for one of the most devastating diseases on the planet
With malaria causing 627,000 deaths last year, there are high hopes for the first vaccine. But old-fashioned people power can also make a difference.
Over 232,000 children in Ireland are living in poverty
A review of Ireland’s economy also pointed out that the poorest ten per cent of the population had been hit hardest and said this has been “more or less ignored”.
Column: The forgotten crises that don't make the evening news still deserve our attention
In marking the 20th Anniversary of the Rwandan genocide, we should also look to conflicts in Central African Republic and South Sudan, writes Joe Costello TD.
Heroin, warmth and Christmas dinner: Stories from two men living on Dublin's streets
John and Martin exist in very different ways in the doorways of Ireland’s capital.
Column: The Troika created a social experiment – and Ireland was the unlucky lab rat
Today MEPs voted to endorse the findings of a report into the Troika – but ultimately there will be no sanctions. Ireland is not yet free from economic shackles, writes Nessa Childers MEP.
Column: New thinking about tackling extreme deprivation in Europe
A new €3.8 billion EU initiative, FEAD, will help overcome extreme deprivation in Ireland and all across Europe, writes Emer Costello MEP.
Pay gap between men and women has increased during the recession
Figures from trade union Unite also found that almost 600,000 women live in deprivation or at risk of poverty.
EU to double Ireland's funding for homeless services like soup kitchens
Socialist Party MEP Paul Murphy said the increase is welcome but it is still too low considering the scale of poverty across the EU.
Column: Drug crime can’t be broken down simply into a battle of ‘good’ versus ‘evil’
The link between educational underachievement, literacy, social empowerment and a drugs and crime culture is real and also extremely complex, says Aodhán Ó Ríordáin.
Aaron McKenna: Capitalism didn’t create poverty, it inherited it (and now it’s fixing it)
Oxfam won a PR coup this week with the simple line that the richest 85 people in the world have more wealth than the poorest 3.5 billion. But there’s one problem with that message – inequality isn’t actually keeping people in poverty.