New CSO Releases

So much basic information can be learned from the new Household Budget Survey here.

Measuring Ireland’s Progress 2011 is also fascinating – here.

3 replies on “New CSO Releases”

It’s a great piece of work.
The debt tables and graphs tell a story! As does the GNI info. Not an economist but there are no signs at all that this austerity medicine is little more than the economics equivalent of a leech. It saps vitality, causes pain and is thoroughly useless.
Well done CSO and well done public service. They’ll miss you when you’re gone


October Socialist Voice Out Now!

The October issue of Socialist Voice can be viewed online:


1.Fine Gael firmly in the driving seat [EMC]
2.Latvia and Lithuania: a demographic disaster [COM]
3.Privatisation: robbing the people’s wealth [EMC]
4.Why Keynesianism will not deliver the goods [NC]
5.Understanding the crisis and putting the system on trial [NL]
6.Turning a human right into a commodity
7.Is state censorship of the media returning? [BH]
8.Essay competition on the international brigades
9.The Shankill and the Falls fight together! [TR]
10.Labour helps Obama to subvert Venezuela [TMS]
11.Obama at the United Nations [BG]
12.George Morrison honoured by the Progressive Film Club [MNM]

One in 10 too poor for proper diet

One in 10 people in Ireland are too poor to afford a properly balanced diet, a study has shown.

The unemployed, low-paid workers, people who are ill, disabled or poorly educated, families with more than three children and lone parents are most at risk.

Safefood, the agency which published the research, said the numbers in danger of food poverty rose by 3 per cent between 2009 and 2010.

Dr Cliodhna Foley-Nolan, director of human health and nutrition at Safefood, said the effects were both short and long term.

“The immediate effects of food poverty range from difficulties in concentration and poor energy levels in children to wellbeing issues in everyday life for adults,” she said.

“The longer-term, public health consequences for those households living in food poverty are ill-health and higher rates of diet-related chronic diseases such as osteoporosis, type 2 diabetes, obesity and certain cancers.”

The 10 per cent at risk of food poverty in 2010 is the highest level seen for six years.

Researchers identified three new costs to determine food poverty – not being
able to afford a meat or vegetarian equivalent meal every other day; being unable to
afford a weekly roast dinner or vegetarian equivalent; or missing a meal in the last fortnight due to lack of money.

Safefood said the unemployed were most at risk, followed by lone parents,
the ill or disabled, large families and low-income families.

Previous research commissioned by Safefood found food was often seen as the
flexible expense in people’s budgets, with costs of rent, heat and fuel often taking priority.

People’s attitude was found to be to “put food on the table”, regardless of nutritional value.

Jerry Buttimer, chairman of the Oireachtas Committee on Health and Children, said the report was valuable advice.

“Whether in rural towns or urban cities, the experience of food poverty is very real and damaging to the health of children and adults, and also impacts on their future prospects,” he said.

“By identifying those most at-risk, we can begin to work towards helping those
most at need in what is a key health issue.”

Safefood is the all-island body for raising awareness of healthy eating habits.
The research was published in the report, Measuring Food Poverty In Ireland – The Indicators and Implications, covering the Republic only.

It took in data from the Central Statistics Office survey on income and living conditions.

Comments are closed.