800,000 people living in poverty, Social Justice Ireland has said. A quarter of a million of these are children.
Eamon Murphy, economic and social analyst at Social Justice Ireland said “It is extremely worrying that despite falling unemployment and Ireland allegedly having the fastest growing economy in Europe, there is little relief for the working poor. There has been no change in the number of people in employment who are at risk of poverty. It is clear that a rising tide does not automatically lift all boats."
It said Irish rents are rising at six times the European median.