780,000 people in Ireland are living in poverty, according to the latest report from Social Justice Ireland.
This figure includes 250,000 children as detailed in the think-tank's National Social Monitor for winter 2018.
11,000 people are homeless and that almost 110,000 households are in need of social housing.
Dr Seán Healy, Director of Social Justice Ireland, said, “The mistaken belief that economic growth will trickle down to benefit everyone in a fair and just manner has led to successive Governments implementing policies that give priority to economic growth over all other areas. Economic growth alone is not enough. More is required if we are to have a society which addresses the basic needs and promotes the basic rights of its population," he said.