ALMOST one in three people here are at risk of poverty and social exclusion, a new report has found.
This is above the EU average and the eighth highest in Europe. Almost 30pc of people here either face being on the breadline or isolated on the fringes of society – above the EU average of 24.3pc.
The figure is 27pc in densely populated urban areas but stands at 33pc in city suburbs.
And Ireland has seen one of the highest falls in employment rates between 2008 and 2011 in Europe, according to the study by Europe's version of the Central Statistics Office.
The Regional yearbook from Eurostat presents regional statistics. The report found that employment rates fell by 8.2pc in the southern and eastern regions and by 9.2pc in the borders, midlands and western regions between 2008 and 2011.
On a pan-European basis, 29pc of the population in thinly populated areas were at risk of poverty or social exclusion, compared with 23pc in densely populated areas.