Opinion Comment

Saturday 17 March 2018

Despite rising economic tide, homeless are still left stranded

Minister for Social Protection Joan Burton
Minister for Social Protection Joan Burton

Niamh Randall

After much despair the Government tells us it is confident of a strong economic recovery. Budget promises are again back on the agenda. With just months before a General Election, the Coalition is determined to herald its economic achievements and pledge tax cuts.

But while Ireland's economic outlook appears positive for some, many vulnerable people have been left behind. The Vincentian Partnership for Social Justice found that, in 2015, social welfare can't meet Minimum Essential Standard of Living costs for 89pc of the 214 urban households it examined.

And there's another figure that's worsening month after month - the number of people becoming homeless in Ireland.

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