Ireland’s Central Statistics Office recently released a report stating that 28 percent of the Irish population, or 1.4 million people, are living in extreme poverty described as “enforced deprivation.”
Enforced deprivation is a term used to describe a state of poverty in which a person lacks two or more basic necessities for a comfortable life, such as heating and adequate food. Since 2008, the amount of people living in consistent poverty in Ireland has increased by 100 percent.
The CSO’s report analyzed the income and living conditions of Irish citizens throughout 2013. It found that the amount of people living in enforced deprivation more than doubled between 2008 and 2013.
440,000 people suffering through enforced deprivation are children, and 90,000 are elderly. The average Irish person’s income decreased by 2 percent from 2012 to 2013.
The economic destruction of Ireland, brought on by the many heads of the capitalist beast (the IMF, EU, austerity, tax cuts for the wealthy, and the Great Recession), has caused the highest levels of emigration from Ireland since the Great Famine of the 19th Century.
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