Surge in calls made to charity
CALLS for help to one of the country's biggest charities have soared by more than 80pc in three years, new figures reveal.
St Vincent de Paul said that four of its offices in Dublin, Cork, the mid-west and Galway areas received more than 88,000 calls for assistance last year compared with just 48,000 in 2009.
The huge number refers only to requests for help received by these offices alone and does not include people who contact SVP through its other regional offices or its local conferences.
A high level of calls (23pc) related to requests for food, along with help in paying bills and meeting energy costs (16pc).
"The number of incoming calls for assistance is continuing to increase," said the charity.
"This highlights the national context of recession, including cuts to social welfare payments and child benefit."