| 16.2°C Dublin

Close

Premium

Child poverty in Ireland 'will top 21pc this year if economy doesn't rebound'

 

Close

Stock photo

Stock photo

Copyright: Karel Miragaya

Stock photo

More than one in five children in Ireland will end up below the poverty line by the end of the year if there is no substantial economic recovery from Covid-19.

That is the central forecast in a report, Child Poverty in Ireland and the Pandemic Recession, published today by the Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI) think-tank.

"Emergency income support measures, such as the Pandemic Unemployment Payment and the Temporary Wage Subsidy Scheme, have supported families during the pandemic. However, even with these measures in place for the remainder of 2020, we can expect to see child poverty levels rising by an average of one-quarter in the absence of some economic recovery," said report co-author Mark Regan.


Related Content