The Irish Times, 9 May 2024:

For the many people living in poverty in Ireland today, life is not simply a struggle to make enough money to survive. It is a daily battle against the barrage of prejudice and disdain they face just for being poor; an exhausting fight against the entirely unwarranted stigma that restricts their access to education, healthcare, employment and housing.

In 2020, the Government committed to examine introducing “socio-economic status” as a new ground of discrimination in Irish equality law. The inclusion of this ground would make it illegal to discriminate against someone because of their socio-economic status, in the same way as disability, race, religion and other protected grounds. With less than one year left of the current Government’s term, time is running out.

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