Levels of deprivation in Ireland unacceptable – Cllr Carney Boud
Sinn Féin Councillor Cathleen Carney Boud today commented on figures released by the Central Statistics Office (CSO) which show an increasingly high level of poverty and deprivation in Ireland.
According the report the percentage of people experiencing enforced deprivation has increased by 15% since 2008.
Cllr Carney Boud said:
“Ireland has one of the highest rates of poverty in Western Europe and the CSO report reflects the realities of people on the ground in communities across the country.
“It is really no surprise considering the government’s continued pursuit of an austerity agenda.
“29% of the population and 53% of those unemployed are living in deprivation, in other words, they are unable to afford basics like warm clothes, a substantial meal every second day, or home heating.
The number of children in deprivation has increased from 18% in 2008 to 36% in 2014, a shocking statistic which is unacceptable in a so-called wealthy country like Ireland.
Cllr Carney Boud continued:
“Deprivation is acutely felt in my constituency of Dublin North West where thousands of ordinary people are being squeezed by extortionate rents, while many others are in need of appropriate housing. The figures are in direct contrast to the government’s narrative of economic recovery.”