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Who is poor in Ireland today?

According to the most recent poverty figures, 14.1% of the Irish population are at risk of poverty and 5.5% experience consistent poverty. However, some social groups have higher poverty rates than the rest of the population: lone parent families, the unemployed, and people with disabilities or long-term illnesses. Older people have a lower rate of both risk of poverty and consistent poverty.

This table shows how these groups compare with the population as a whole:

  At Risk of Poverty Consistent Poverty
Total Population 14.1% 5.5%

Lone Parents

35.5%
16.6%

Unemployed People

24.8%
11.5%

Ill or Disabled People

21.7%
8.8%
Children (0-17)
18.6%
8.7%

Older People (65-74)

8.9%
1.3%
Older People (75+)
10.6%
0.9%

More Information

For more information on how particular social groups are affected by poverty, see our child poverty, lone parents and homelessness pages.

More detailed information on the results of EU-SILC 2009 is available in the EU-SILC section of the CSO website.

 


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