One in nine, or about 132,000, of Ireland’s children grow up in consistent poverty. That means they live in a household with a very low income and go without basics such as heat or nutritious food.
Michael McDonagh, now in his 20s, has spent years in hostels, on the streets or on the couches of friends. He currently has a room in a hostel run by the Peter McVerry Trust’s youth service.
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