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Poverty Dynamics of Social Risk Groups in the EU

Bertrand Maître, Dorothy Watson, Regina Doherty, TD, Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection, and Raffaele Grotti attend a conference held to launch new poverty research on 31 January 2018.


"Poverty dynamics of social risk groups in the EU: an analysis of the EU Statistics on Income and Living Conditions, 2005 to 2014 was released yesterday 31 January 2018 by the ESRI.

This research examines the level of material deprivation experienced by vulnerable adults in Ireland and ten other EU countries.

"Specific interventions needed to support lone parents and adults with a disability

A new study found there is a significant gap in the rate of persistent deprivation experienced by vulnerable adults, including lone parents and adults with a disability, and the rate experienced by other adults. Out of 11 EU countries, Ireland’s gap was the largest and increased the most during the study’s time frame of 2004-2015.
 Policy implications
Lone parents and adults with a disability face barriers when trying to access the labour market. Measures to address this could include access to affordable childcare, flexible work arrangements, protection of secondary benefits (e.g. medical cards), and support in seeking employment, training and work experience."


We work with many employers  to recruit people with disabilites, but we need more employers to engage with us and look at the benefits that flexible work arrangements can provide for them as well as for their employees.  

If you would like to take the first step in helping us change the findings of this report and employ a person with a disability you can call Pauline at 086 3800444 or email me at

You can read the ESRI Press Release or the full Publication here