Kilkenny families are “seriously struggling” in the lead up to Christmas with those on Family Income Supplement in the county increasing by 135% since the recession hit.
The figures reveal not everyone in Kilkenny is feeling the recovery and comes as the most deprived areas of the county were shown to be its rural towns with huge gaps in affluence also emerging in the city.
Local TDs have said more and more families finding themselves in a situation by which they must seek out support each year is “deeply worrying”.
The number of recipients of the Family Income Supplement in Kilkenny up until October of this year was 1,001 which was up on the 425 recipients across 2008.
Sinn Féin’s Kathleen Funchion said: “There really are two different worlds. One where people are doing okay and one where people are very seriously struggling.”
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