Where is Ireland Heading?
I was shaken when I looked at some recently published figures from the Irish Central Statistics Office which simply are both frightening and sickening:
CONSISTENT POVERTY rate for Ireland up by 60.87% in 3 years 2008 - 2011
DEPRIVATION in Ireland is up by 56.35% in the 3 years 2008 to 2011
Actual figures from the CSO:
Deprivation rate for 2008 was 13.8% - - for 2011 it had risen to to a shocking 24.50%
Consistent Poverty rate in 2008 was 4.20% - - it rose to 6.90% in 2011
This is happening at the same time as the well off are increasing their wealth by an average 4%.
Shame on Ireland, and shame on those who have caused it to happen by their greed and recklessness, and shame on those who are not doing enough to re-balance the situation.
In nature, large imbalances ALWAYS cause a flash-over, an earthquake, a flood, a volcanic eruption, or a social revolution.
Meanwhile some judges on the average salary for the profession of €147,900 p.a. or €2,844 per week, are moaning about a reduction in their generous laptop and phone allowances.
Consistent poverty rate for children rose from 6.3% in 2008 to 9.3% in 2011.
That is a 49% increase in just 3 years.