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Ireland is the 5th richest country in the world and 19% of Irish live in poverty

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Editor’s note: The following statement was submitted by the Society of St Vincent de Paul (SVP), Ireland’s largest voluntary charitable organization in Ireland, which was founded in 1844. The charity aims to deal with poverty by “alleviating its effects on individuals and families through working primarily in person-to-person contact by a unique system of family visitation and seeking to achieve social justice and equality of opportunity for all citizens.”

This is their statement in full:

At the launch of ‘Paving a Pathway out of Poverty’, the SVP Pre-Budget Submission launched today (12th June 2018) SVP National President Kieran Stafford said that what is particularly stark about the level of poverty is that 70,000 more children are growing up in poverty compared to 10 years ago. He also said that SVP now receives double the number of calls for assistance than it did in 2008.

The SVP’s ‘Paving a Pathway out of Poverty’ contains 35 practical proposals which SVP describes as incremental steps, that if implemented, would have a positive impact and help pave a way out of poverty for hundreds of thousands of people.

Currently, most social welfare rates are below the poverty line and well below what many households need to afford a socially accepted standard of living. https://t.co/rw5pZFnl3d #SVPbudget19 #Budget2019 pic.twitter.com/VubQl1UZsn

The Society says that Budget 2019 needs to reflect a real commitment to tackling poverty in all its forms and........

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