More Irish people at risk of poverty than two years ago

Almost a quarter of the population experienced 2 or more types of enforced deprivation in 2011.

Figures from the Central Statistics Office (CSO) show the numbers experiencing deprivation have increased from 22.6% in 2010 to 24.5%.

The average disposable income in the State in 2011 was just over €21,000.

This is a decline of more than 3% on the previous year.

The 'At risk of poverty rate' increased to 16% in 2011 from 14% in 2010.

Summary of main findings:

  • In 2011 average annual equivalised disposable income was €21,440. This represented a decline of just over 3% on the 2010 value of €22,138.
  • The Gini coefficient in 2011 was 31.1%, not a statistically significant change on the 2010 value (31.6%). The quintile share ratio remained at 4.9 in 2011.
  • In 2011, the at risk of poverty rate increased to 16.0% from 14.7% in 2010.
  • Almost one quarter (24.5%) of the population experienced two or more types of enforced deprivation in 2011 up from 22.6% in 2010.
  • The consistent poverty rate was 6.9% in 2011, not a statistically significant change on the 2010 figure of 6.3%

Pamela Lafferty is a statistician with the CSO.

She says certain areas of the country are consistently deprived.