Saturday, October 08, 2011

Things are looking up for the older Irish

The Irish Time article start - Elderly people are far less at risk of falling into poverty than previously.

You then read that it is referring to the 65+ and think - hell they are talking about me - well very nearly me.

It would seem that the Irish Central Statistics Office (CSO) shows that the risk of poverty rate for those aged 65 or over fell from 27.1 per cent in 2004 to 9.6 per cent in 2009. It also reveals the gross weekly income of elderly people rose by more than 48 per cent during the same time period.

Having been in Ireland a couple of times in the last month I doubt if these revelations are going to be be much comfort for the older Irish. Dick Stroud 

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