What constitutes real poverty in Ireland?

Ireland’s rate of consistent and relative poverty has been declining in recent years, though some EU studies report that Ireland has one of the highest relative rates of poverty in the EU.

3rd February, 2007

Ireland’s rate of consistent and relative poverty has been declining in recent years, though some EU studies report that Ireland has one of the highest relative rates of poverty in the EU.

The proportion of people living in consistent poverty is 7 per cent, according to official government figures. EU studies show relative poverty was 18.5 per cent in 2005 – down from 20 per cent the previous year.

Unsurprisingly, Minister for Social Affairs Seamus Brennan believes...

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