Once again, the balance is wrong in equality row
The number of people in jobless homes, not measures of income, is the issue to be tackled
Ireland is among the most equal countries in the world. When it comes to how both income and wealth are distributed, the Republic ranks in mid-table among developed economies, which are, almost without exception, much more equal than developing countries. That makes Ireland - it is worth repeating - among the fairest countries in the world when it comes to who has what materially.
If that surprises you, there is more in that vein that might cause your eyebrow to arch. Although we don't know how wealth equality has changed (because the first ever figures on the matter were published only in recent weeks), a consistent data series on income equality has been produced by the State's statisticians for a decade. Those numbers show no significant change in income distribution over the past 10 years. In other words, Ireland is becoming neither more equal nor less equal, and that is despite trends which have made many other peer countries less equal in recent times.
There has been a tendency in Ireland for quite some time for some ideologically motivated people and those who enjoy moral posturing to ignore these hard facts and claim Ireland is either unusually unequal or becoming more unequal. More often than not, they make both claims simultaneously and do so with a great deal of righteous indignation to show what caring people they are. These claims are made repeatedly despite the absence of evidence to support them. Many people believe the claims to be true because they have heard them repeated so frequently they assume them to be true. But let's be clear: they are not.