So much more to do

26th May, 2009

A report due to be published today by the Dublin Inner City Partnership shows how much work still needs to be done to deal with poverty in inner city Dublin. A brief summary of the report is available HERE.

It shows, beyond any doubt, that the recent economic growth passed too many people by. These are the same people who today are now losing Christmas bonuses along with child-care payments and are been hit the most by rising unemployment. How we do more to help is obviously a vital and very difficult question. Given that the state will be playing a larger role in the economy in the coming years, and given that this will be underpinned by a far stronger political consensus, it appears to me that there is a golden opportunity to do more and make this help even more effective.