Cases brought to our attention rose from 720 in 2013 to 948 in 2014 – a 32% increase

The economy is growing – but so is poverty!

The bullish optimism as portrayed in the business sections of our daily newspapers is encouraging to many, as stock markets reach record highs across world markets. While this uplift brings prosperity to a minority, fresh data from the CSO paints a darker picture for many families throughout Ireland.
girl with suitcaseUnfortunately, the increasing number of people affected by grinding poverty is reflected all too accurately by the 32% increase in General Grant Applications received by Protestant Aid during 2014. A statistic that grimly portrays the existence of widespread need.
The fact is that 1.4 million people (30% of the population) are experiencing enforced deprivation, which tragically, is double that compared with the start of the downturn. This statistic can manifest itself in harsh ways – usually as a cold house, poor clothing or inadequate nutrition. Reflecting something of an imbalance in society, those most affected continue to be the unemployed, the sick, lone parents and perhaps most regrettably, children.

Father and daughter

At the start of the economic downturn, over 65,000 children were identified as experiencing consistent poverty – today, that figure has doubled. In other words, the most vulnerable section of society have now become the greatest casualties of the recession.
One-in-eight children rooted in consistent poverty must surely be an unacceptable statistic on those who most need our protection?
At Protestant Aid, we didn’t need the CSO’s Survey on Income and Living Conditions to remind us of this dilemma. Each General Grant Application we receive tells its own story and with such a huge increase in these applications, it would appear that for the moment anyway, poverty in Ireland isn’t going away.


Funded by loyal subscribers and legacies, Protestant Aid dispenses every cent received from subscribers in grant aid.
Each year, it helps over 1,100 individuals and families, handling numerous applications for general grants and distributing almost €500,000 annually in charitable giving.

All Grants by Region

  • Ulster 5%
  • Connaught 11%
  • Munster 17%
  • Dublin 38%
  • Rest of Leinster 29%

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The Chairman Arthur Vincent and the Board of Protestant Aid are pleased to announce the appointment of David Webb as Chief Executive in succession to Robin George who retired recently after 27 years’ service.

A member of Kilternan Parish, David (41) is a qualified Solicitor and partner in the law firm Whitney Moore. Educated at St. Andrew’s College and UCD, he also holds a Higher Diploma in Business & Information Technology from UCD.

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