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Almost 100,000 children in Ireland live in consistent poverty today

Real Life Case Studies

Mary’s Story

Mary lives with her children on a low income in a provincial Irish town. Mary has a large family and works full-time as the sole carer for her children, with the result that she is reliant on social welfare to support her to be with her children at a time in their lives when they need her. Read Mary's story.

John’s Story

John, aged 12, was living with his mum and his three pre-school age siblings in a Bed and Breakfast in Dublin’s south inner city. The family had been moved a number of times, disrupting his attendance at school leading to learning and literacy difficulties. John came to Focus Ireland’s school support services as he had dropped out of school. Read John's story.

Michael and Aoife's Story

Michael and Aoife have five children. The family has mostly been dependent on social welfare. Michael had a job for six months but left it as the job was low paid and working conditions were very poor. Read Michael and Aoife's story.

Áine's Story

Áine lives on a local authority housing estate in a rural town in Ireland. She has six children and has been separated from her partner for the last five months. She is a full time mother working at home with her family. In this rural community, part-time work opportunities for women are limited, so the family’s only income is Child Benefit and the Lone Parent payment. Read Áine's story.

A Traveller Family’s Story

In Co. Mayo, a Traveller family of 11 people living on the side of the road have been moved on numerous occasions. The family is from the area and their children attend local schools. Read a Traveller Family’s story.