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# Poverty

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Column: Why is the payment of €1.5bn to bondholders not news?
AIB was recapitalised by this country’s citizens after its reckless lending strategy – and one backed by bondholders. Now, writes independent TD Stephen Donnelly, those bondholders continue to make no losses at all.
Report: 700,000 living in poverty in Ireland
A new report from Social Justice Ireland says that of those living in poverty in Ireland, 200,000 are children. The organisation says that the social welfare system is not fit for purpose and should be replaced.
Column: Tackling poverty is not just about money, it's about persuasion
The economist Abhijit V. Banerjee, author of the book Poor Economics, explores why it is the case that people who live in extreme poverty can buy a mobile phone or a TV instead of food.
Top earners see 8% increase in disposable income: CSO
While most people have seen their disposables income plunge in recent years, new figures show that the top 10 per cent of earners have actually seen an increase.
Disposable income falls and risk of poverty rises: CSO
Statistics show the rich-poor gap increased in 2010, with the top 20 per cent of earners bringing home incomes 5.5 times greater than those on the lowest incomes.
Time not right for Single Working Age Payment, says Oireachtas committee
Although the committee on jobs, social protection and education approves of the principle of the payment.’s progress report for the Government: Social welfare
Has Joan Burton kept the government’s promises of reversing cuts while keeping all baseline social welfare rates unchanged?
Column: Women and girls hold solution to extreme poverty
Gender equality is good for everyone, writes Bernadette Crawford, Equality Adviser for Concern Worldwide, on International Women’s Day.
Ireland gives €5 million in emergency funding to Sahel region
Ten million people are at risk from a growing food crisis in Burkina Faso, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Senegal, Chad, Cameroon and Nigeria.
Gilmore: Communion allowance cut to stop 'lavish' spending
The government spent €3.4 million on communion and confirmation allowances to people who needed help last year – but has announced plans limiting the payment to €110.
Government ‘failing its own targets’ on poverty and unemployment
Key targets set by the Government after it came to power will be missed, Social Justice Ireland has warned.
Businesses club together to host party for 500 homeless people
President Higgins takes up role performed by Mary McAleese to greet diners at Annual Lions Club party for vulnerable Dublin citizens.
Unemployment is the world's fastest growing concern - survey
Concerns about unemployment have increased six-fold since 2009 – while corruption and poverty remain the highest-ranking worries, according to a survey by the BBC World Service.
Two senators nominated by Enda Kenny critical of Budget 2012
Katherine Zappone has questioned ‘external pressure’ on the Government’s choice of cuts while Jillian van Turnhout says it was not a child-friendly document.
In numbers: the first half of Budget 2012
A numerical breakdown of where the government has cut €2.2 billion in spending,
Child benefit cut 'unfairly targets the most vulnerable'
Larger families – who are already more at risk of experiencing poverty – will bear the brunt of reductions to child benefit, a charity has warned.
Column: Applying the lessons of beating Big Tobacco to beating Big Food
An ‘obesity tax’ on its own is a regressive move – much more nuanced strategies are required to get people thinking about what they put in their bodies, says food writer Frank Armstrong.
Column: The drugs do work - but there are new obstacles in the fight against AIDS
Yes, AIDS-related deaths are decreasing – but there are several huge threats in the fight against HIV and AIDS, writes Breda Gahan on World Aids Day.
Almost a quarter of Irish people living in ‘deprivation’ – survey
An annual CSO survey shows that 22.5 per cent of Irish people experience two or more types of enforced deprivation.
Column: These arrests won’t tackle the root causes of crime in Limerick
On Limerick’s estates, crime is being spurred by pressing social problems – and they’re not going away, writes sociologist Niamh Hourigan.
Dramatic increase in number of people sleeping rough in Dublin
New count finds the number of people on the streets of the capital has risen by almost a quarter in the past year.
Catholic priests in Dublin to face 9 per cent income cut
Take a guess at how much a priest will now earn…
Column: An open letter to the world’s seven billionth child
As the world’s population officially hits 7,000,000,000, Tom Arnold of Concern tells today’s baby what lies in store.
Charity expresses concern about out-of-date poverty figures
Following the publication of figures by the CSO yesterday, ALONE’s CEO has urged the public not to forget that there is a significant number of older people at risk of poverty in Ireland.
300% increase in people needing 5c dinners
Cork Penny Dinners has served up hot meals for a small donation since 1750 – and now it’s seeing business people, parents and families availing of its services.
Nearly 800,000 children in Somalia face immediate death
Concern video shows extent of humanitarian crisis in refugee camps as militants threatening to ban return of aid agencies not already on the ground.
Demand for help from children's charity 'higher than ever' as Barnardos releases new ad
The charity says that there has been a huge increase in demand for its services and support as a result of the economic downturn.
More Irish families being pushed into poverty and seeking advice
Two separate reports indicate that more and more Irish families are being pushed into poverty as record numbers contact advisory services seeking help.
The poorest countries in the developed world...
…Ireland is NOT in the list. Phew.
Gap between rich and poor broadened since 1987
The last 24 years – which saw Fianna Fáil in power for 21 – saw the top 10% of earners gain most, a new report says.
Gouda news story: the free cheese is out there
As bailout tension rises, free cheese begins winging its way to the needy.
Haiti cholera epidemic death toll hits 900
The epidemic is only going to get worse, say outbreak experts.
Child beggars up by 9%, according to ISPCC
The number of children seen begging in Dublin reaches 966 in 2009, with a further increase likely.
One in seven living in poverty in US
One in 7 Americans is now classified as ‘poor’, the highest level in more than 50 years.