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Ireland is richer and more equal… We’ve never had it so good, but we can make it better

Donal O'Donovan


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We’re better off these days but key groups are still left behind. Stock Image

We’re better off these days but key groups are still left behind. Stock Image

We’re better off these days but key groups are still left behind. Stock Image

Ireland’s has become richer and more equal over the past 30 years. That’s not what you’d expect if you listen to whole swathes of Irish politics and media, where an entrenched narrative suggests we’re living through something closer to a Thatcherite tide of rising inequality and deepening social cleavages.

The ESRI’s evidence shows that negative narrative is at best wrong and at worst deliberately false.

Both in terms of equality and of overall incomes the outcomes for people living here are getting better, but that’s not true for everyone. The research offers valuable evidence of the types of households that are not benefiting, or are benefiting less, from a rise in prosperity.


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