Issue 9 - October 2010

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Regional poverty rates

The Minister for Community, Equality and Gaeltacht Affairs, Pat Carey, published figures for the regional poverty rate  (Dail Eireann, Debates, 29th September 2010, 957), as follows (2008):

National rate                14.4%

Border, Midland and Western        22.6%*
Southern and Eastern                       14.3%*

Border                        16.5%
Midlands                   23.5%
West                           17.2%
Dublin                        9.8%
Mid East                    10.2%
Mid West                    22%
South East                 15.5%
South West                14%

*2007.  Figures based on 60%, relative poverty line.
Note that the highest poverty rates have now moved from the traditionally higher border counties to the midlands and mid-west – Ed.