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Monday 5 June 2023 Dublin: 15°C

# Poverty

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# malnutrition
NUI Galway develops vitamin-rich crop to combat malnutrition in Africa
Up to 500,000 children in developing countries go blind each year due to vitamin A deficiency.
Column: The State’s new year resolution should be to cherish all children equally
Cuts introduced since the beginning of the economic crisis have had a devastating effect on lone parent families, writes Louise Bayliss.
# capuchin day centre
Behind the scenes as the Capuchin Day Centre prepares to feed 500 people
We visited the centre yesterday to see what staff and volunteers would be cooking up for their annual festive gala.
Column: Thousands of people in Ireland can't afford a basic meal every second day
Food poverty is a difficult – but very real – fact to accept in modern society. Ireland must now make a decision on how to implement a programme to tackle rising poverty and social exclusion, writes Emer Costello.
# high seas
Somali piracy is down 90 per cent from last year
New security measures take effect – but there are still “suspicious approaches” to ships.
# food poverty
This map shows food poverty 'is a reality in every county in Ireland'
Two unions are calling on the government to provide aid to organisations offering food assistance to those struggling this Christmas.
# India
Women are fighting the vicious cycle of poverty in India with one simple idea
“We used to depend entirely on our husbands for money… now we make our own decisions.”
Average household receives €327 per week in social welfare payments
87 per cent of households now receive some kind of payment from the government in the form of child benefit, State pension or another social welfare payment.
Column: The pain of debt is not quick – it is a ceiling that lowers inch by crucifying inch
What is debt, and why do we all buy into this debt culture? Jillian Godsil discusses her own financial problems and the unsustainable status quo of modern Ireland.
# New Reality
Food Bank centre reacts to a new reality - a new poverty
The food centre, which looks more like a café than a soup kitchen, is working to remove the stigma attached to coming through its doors.
# alms
Vatican charity arm turning pope's words into action
Discreet daily rounds of charity-giving based on letters sent to Pope Francis.
Column: Music changes lives – every young person should have the chance to learn
Through music education, many of society’s most vulnerable young people dare to dream of greater things for their futures, writes Chris Maher.
# Poverty
47% of Irish people are willing to pay more for groceries from developing countries
A new Eurobarometer survey shows that 52 per cent said that tackling global poverty should be one of the Government’s main priorities.
# Targets
Ireland has reduced the number of early school leavers, Eurostat finds
Ireland is on its way to meeting its targets in some areas, but more work is needed to tackle poverty and social inclusion.
# Unemployment
Irish man considers joining British army to pull family out of poverty
The 25-year-old father of two said he was told he would be expected to spend six months in Afghanistan if he enlisted.
Column: Having a home is a basic need that's slipping beyond people's reach
A fresh and compassionate approach is needed for Budget 2014 to help thousands of families who are in danger of losing their homes, writes SR Stanislaus Kennedy.
# Fertile ground
Ireland has the highest fertility rate in the European Union
New figures from Eurostar also show that Ireland has a higher than average rate of people who are at risk of poverty and social exclusion and has experienced one of the highest falls in employment.
Column: If we work together, global poverty can be abolished by 2030
The recipe to fight world poverty is working, writes Hans Zomer, who says global levels of extreme poverty have already fallen to half what they were 13 years ago thanks to focused efforts by the international community.
# Progress
For the first time in history, 9 out of 10 children in the world go to school
World leaders are meeting in New York to talk about how some of the Millennium Development Goals have been met – but others are lagging behind.
# Psychology
Why being overworked can feel like being poor
It’s a “critical scarcity” thing – and it affects your capacity to handle other problems.
# Obesity
Minister: The number of obese three-year-olds in Ireland is frightening
Frances Fitzgerald said she was concerned about figures in a report published today which found “examples of three-year-olds eating hamburgers and crisps”.
# Austerity
Higgins: It is important that austerity does not erode the rights of citizens
Speaking at a reception for the new European Ombudsman Emily O’Reilly, he said the connection between economy, society and government is profoundly important.
# California
Photos: This is what it’s like to be homeless in Silicon Valley
Despite being one of the richest areas in America, the number of homeless in Silicon Valley has risen by 7% over the past two years.
# not pukka
The 8 most inspired responses to #AskJamieOliver
He’s not the most popular TV chef after his comments about poverty.
# Elderly
Older people in poverty 'picking between eating and heating'
Advocacy groups say today’s CSO figures showing an increase in poverty among older people reflects the reality they see on the ground.
# Poverty
Poverty is the 'greatest crime in Irish society'
Speaking at the MacGill Summer School, Aodhán Ó’Ríordáin accused the government of neglecting poorer children in the country.
Column: Today's countries in need are tomorrow's trading partners
Ending global poverty means changing the way we view overseas aid and development – which is why the public have been invited to share ideas about Ireland’s contribution to the world stage, writes Joe Costello TD.
Column: Austerity isn't working – so what alternatives exist for October's Budget?
Despite the growing number of voices criticising austerity as a method to meet deficit targets, the government has indicated there is more to come. This situation can’t continue, writes Rory Hearne.
# Climate Change
Climate change 'will trap millions of people in poverty'
The World Bank has warned that shifting rain patterns will make droughts worse and leave other parts of Asia flooded.
# Immigrants
Irish attitudes to immigrants have become ‘more negative’ over last 7 years
A report by the ESRI shows that Irish people have an increasingly negative attitude towards immigrants – and that the poverty gap between Irish and non-EU nationals has widened since 2008.
Column: 3 billion people continue to live in poverty as the G8 summit takes place
As world leaders prepare to meet, the reality of three billion people – 40 per cent of the world’s population – living in extreme poverty will cast a shadow over their photocalls, writes Justin Kilcullen.
# Money
St Vincent de Paul warns of 'potential money lending crisis'
The society has said that its members are becoming increasingly alarmed at the prevalence of money lenders.
Column: Governments aren't doing enough to stop destructive land grabs
The rush for land to get food and fuel for rich Western countries has resulted in the daylight robbery of the world’s poor, writes Karol Balfe.
Column: We need to help lone parents into work and away from welfare dependency
Ireland spends almost €1 billion a year on One Parent Family Payments, but the results have been poor. We need to support lone parents properly, writes Minister Joan Burton.
# Poverty
Irish households saw one of the biggest falls in income after 2007
A report published today also warned of the increase in child poverty between 2007 and 2010.
# Kermit Gosnell
US abortion doctor Kermit Gosnell found guilty of murder
Kermit Gosnell could face the death penalty after he was found guilty of three counts of murder in the deaths of babies born alive at his clinic.
# Om nom nom
UN: People need to get their heads around eating insects
Mmmmm. Stir-fried beetles.
Column: Hunger and the horsemeat scandal, both the consequences of inequality
We produce enough food for 10 times our population, but the horsemeat scandal shows just how inequality has forced people to low-price, low-quality food, writes Richard Manton.
# Ireland
Can we end EU child poverty? Experts to discuss taking action
Atwo-day Dublin event is organised by a number of international organisations and is the only EU Presidency event focused on children.
Column: The EU need not look beyond its own borders to see widespread poverty
At 38 per cent, Ireland has the highest rate of children at risk of poverty in Western Europe. But, far from protecting the vulnerable, the government has introduced austerity measures that mean the rich get richer, writes Richard Manton.