Irish Times Article - Ireland's quality of life suffers as its wealth rises
Another year another survey. The central statistics office has just released a set of figures for 2004.
The Irish economy is still performing very well - but 21% of the population are at "risk of poverty". So it looks like all that extra money is not being shared out. It's the same as most western countries - the rich get richer and the poor don't. There is certainly money around - the property building boom still goes on - and looks like it will for a few years to come.