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#Poverty

# poverty - Monday 12 May, 2014

UN committee meets in Dublin to plan Eradication of Poverty day

The day has been observed for just over two decades now, starting in 1993 and has been held every year.

# poverty - Monday 28 April, 2014

Opinion: Across Europe, equality is being obliterated by austerity

Social Europe is being destroyed. Will our EU 2014 candidates pledge commitment to fighting rising poverty, unemployment, inequality and social exclusion?

# poverty - Friday 25 April, 2014

Column: A vaccine could soon be here for one of the most devastating diseases on the planet

With malaria causing 627,000 deaths last year, there are high hopes for the first vaccine. But old-fashioned people power can also make a difference.

# poverty - Tuesday 22 April, 2014

Over 232,000 children in Ireland are living in poverty

A review of Ireland’s economy also pointed out that the poorest ten per cent of the population had been hit hardest and said this has been “more or less ignored”.

# poverty - Wednesday 9 April, 2014

Column: The forgotten crises that don't make the evening news still deserve our attention

In marking the 20th Anniversary of the Rwandan genocide, we should also look to conflicts in Central African Republic and South Sudan, writes Joe Costello TD.

# poverty - Saturday 29 March, 2014

Heroin, warmth and Christmas dinner: Stories from two men living on Dublin's streets

John and Martin exist in very different ways in the doorways of Ireland’s capital.

# poverty - Thursday 13 March, 2014

Column: The Troika created a social experiment – and Ireland was the unlucky lab rat

Today MEPs voted to endorse the findings of a report into the Troika – but ultimately there will be no sanctions. Ireland is not yet free from economic shackles, writes Nessa Childers MEP.

# poverty - Tuesday 11 March, 2014

Column: New thinking about tackling extreme deprivation in Europe

A new €3.8 billion EU initiative, FEAD, will help overcome extreme deprivation in Ireland and all across Europe, writes Emer Costello MEP.

# poverty - Thursday 6 March, 2014

Pay gap between men and women has increased during the recession

Figures from trade union Unite also found that almost 600,000 women live in deprivation or at risk of poverty.

# poverty - Tuesday 25 February, 2014

EU to double Ireland's funding for homeless services like soup kitchens

Socialist Party MEP Paul Murphy said the increase is welcome but it is still too low considering the scale of poverty across the EU.

# poverty - Sunday 26 January, 2014

Column: Drug crime can’t be broken down simply into a battle of ‘good’ versus ‘evil’

The link between educational underachievement, literacy, social empowerment and a drugs and crime culture is real and also extremely complex, says Aodhán Ó Ríordáin.

# poverty - Saturday 25 January, 2014

Aaron McKenna: Capitalism didn’t create poverty, it inherited it (and now it’s fixing it)

Oxfam won a PR coup this week with the simple line that the richest 85 people in the world have more wealth than the poorest 3.5 billion. But there’s one problem with that message – inequality isn’t actually keeping people in poverty.

# poverty - Monday 20 January, 2014

NUI Galway develops vitamin-rich crop to combat malnutrition in Africa

Up to 500,000 children in developing countries go blind each year due to vitamin A deficiency.

# poverty - Thursday 9 January, 2014

Column: The State’s new year resolution should be to cherish all children equally

Cuts introduced since the beginning of the economic crisis have had a devastating effect on lone parent families, writes Louise Bayliss.

# poverty - Tuesday 31 December, 2013

Behind the scenes as the Capuchin Day Centre prepares to feed 500 people

We visited the centre yesterday to see what staff and volunteers would be cooking up for their annual festive gala.

# poverty - Tuesday 17 December, 2013

Column: Thousands of people in Ireland can't afford a basic meal every second day

Food poverty is a difficult – but very real – fact to accept in modern society. Ireland must now make a decision on how to implement a programme to tackle rising poverty and social exclusion, writes Emer Costello.

# poverty - Sunday 15 December, 2013

Somali piracy is down 90 per cent from last year

New security measures take effect – but there are still “suspicious approaches” to ships.

This map shows food poverty 'is a reality in every county in Ireland'

Two unions are calling on the government to provide aid to organisations offering food assistance to those struggling this Christmas.

# poverty - Wednesday 11 December, 2013

Women are fighting the vicious cycle of poverty in India with one simple idea

“We used to depend entirely on our husbands for money… now we make our own decisions.”

Average household receives €327 per week in social welfare payments

87 per cent of households now receive some kind of payment from the government in the form of child benefit, State pension or another social welfare payment.

# poverty - Sunday 1 December, 2013

Column: The pain of debt is not quick – it is a ceiling that lowers inch by crucifying inch

What is debt, and why do we all buy into this debt culture? Jillian Godsil discusses her own financial problems and the unsustainable status quo of modern Ireland.

# poverty - Saturday 30 November, 2013

Food Bank centre reacts to a new reality - a new poverty

The food centre, which looks more like a café than a soup kitchen, is working to remove the stigma attached to coming through its doors.

Vatican charity arm turning pope's words into action

Discreet daily rounds of charity-giving based on letters sent to Pope Francis.

Column: Music changes lives – every young person should have the chance to learn

Through music education, many of society’s most vulnerable young people dare to dream of greater things for their futures, writes Chris Maher.

# poverty - Tuesday 26 November, 2013

47% of Irish people are willing to pay more for groceries from developing countries

A new Eurobarometer survey shows that 52 per cent said that tackling global poverty should be one of the Government’s main priorities.

# poverty - Tuesday 29 October, 2013

Ireland has reduced the number of early school leavers, Eurostat finds

Ireland is on its way to meeting its targets in some areas, but more work is needed to tackle poverty and social inclusion.

# poverty - Monday 28 October, 2013

Irish man considers joining British army to pull family out of poverty Exclusive

The 25-year-old father of two said he was told he would be expected to spend six months in Afghanistan if he enlisted.

# poverty - Wednesday 9 October, 2013

Column: Having a home is a basic need that's slipping beyond people's reach

A fresh and compassionate approach is needed for Budget 2014 to help thousands of families who are in danger of losing their homes, writes SR Stanislaus Kennedy.

# poverty - Monday 7 October, 2013

Ireland has the highest fertility rate in the European Union

New figures from Eurostar also show that Ireland has a higher than average rate of people who are at risk of poverty and social exclusion and has experienced one of the highest falls in employment.

# poverty - Wednesday 25 September, 2013

Column: If we work together, global poverty can be abolished by 2030

The recipe to fight world poverty is working, writes Hans Zomer, who says global levels of extreme poverty have already fallen to half what they were 13 years ago thanks to focused efforts by the international community.

# poverty - Tuesday 24 September, 2013

For the first time in history, 9 out of 10 children in the world go to school

World leaders are meeting in New York to talk about how some of the Millennium Development Goals have been met – but others are lagging behind.

# poverty - Sunday 22 September, 2013

Why being overworked can feel like being poor

It’s a “critical scarcity” thing – and it affects your capacity to handle other problems.

# poverty - Friday 20 September, 2013

Minister: The number of obese three-year-olds in Ireland is frightening

Frances Fitzgerald said she was concerned about figures in a report published today which found “examples of three-year-olds eating hamburgers and crisps”.

# poverty - Tuesday 17 September, 2013

Higgins: It is important that austerity does not erode the rights of citizens

Speaking at a reception for the new European Ombudsman Emily O’Reilly, he said the connection between economy, society and government is profoundly important.

# poverty - Sunday 8 September, 2013

Photos: This is what it’s like to be homeless in Silicon Valley

Despite being one of the richest areas in America, the number of homeless in Silicon Valley has risen by 7% over the past two years.

# poverty - Wednesday 28 August, 2013

From The Daily Edge The 8 most inspired responses to #AskJamieOliver Not Pukka

The 8 most inspired responses to #AskJamieOliver

He’s not the most popular TV chef after his comments about poverty.

# poverty - Thursday 15 August, 2013

Older people in poverty 'picking between eating and heating'

Advocacy groups say today’s CSO figures showing an increase in poverty among older people reflects the reality they see on the ground.

# poverty - Tuesday 30 July, 2013

Poverty is the 'greatest crime in Irish society'

Speaking at the MacGill Summer School, Aodhán Ó’Ríordáin accused the government of neglecting poorer children in the country.

# poverty - Monday 15 July, 2013

Column: Today's countries in need are tomorrow's trading partners

Ending global poverty means changing the way we view overseas aid and development – which is why the public have been invited to share ideas about Ireland’s contribution to the world stage, writes Joe Costello TD.

# poverty - Friday 12 July, 2013

Column: Austerity isn't working – so what alternatives exist for October's Budget?

Despite the growing number of voices criticising austerity as a method to meet deficit targets, the government has indicated there is more to come. This situation can’t continue, writes Rory Hearne.