Child poverty

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Child poverty

In the Seanad,  David Cullinane (SF, labour) asked for a debate on child poverty in the new year (Seanad Eireann, Debates, 1st December 2011, 1069).  Between 2001 and 2010, the number of people experiencing enforced inequality doubled from 11% to 22%, he said.  This figure included people going without two basic essentials each day, including a hot meal.  The proportion of children deprived of basic essentials had risen from 23.5% in 2009 to 30.2% in 2010.  The number out of work had risen to 448,600.  Many families could no longer pay their mortgages or bills.