As the Irish election approaches we should remind ourselves of some of the social problems.
There are approximately 336,000 people in rural Ireland living in poverty. This means that over 336,000 people in rural Ireland are surviving on incomes of less than €10,786 per annum.
The poverty rate in rural Ireland is 4.5 percentage points higher than in urban areas.
Disposable income in the Border, Midlands and Western region was 16% lower than for those living in the Southern and Eastern regions. It also possesses the highest poverty rates, the highest deprivation rates, as well as the lowest median income in the State.