August 4, 2021

Waterford city the second ‘most deprived’ area in Ireland: report

Waterford city has the highest rate of people living in local authority housing in the country. It also is the second most deprived area in Ireland, according a new national report published today.

The National Deprivation Index for Ireland, published by the Department of Public Health and Primary Care in Trinity College Dublin, found Waterford city has the second highest values for unemployment and low social class, while also having the highest value for local authority housing.

The report uses indicators of social deprivation from the 2016 National Census to provide the data. It reveals only Limerick city is more deprived than Waterford city and found deprivation was spread, in the main part, equally around the city.

The researchers broke the research down to electoral divisions, and then areas within those electoral divisions. It concluded more than 70% of Waterford city’s areas are among the most deprived in the country.

In contrast, the report found people living in county Waterford are the 10th least deprived in the country, out of a total of 34 areas.

The report revealed a connection between ill-health, deprivation and life expectancy, which showed the difference in life expectancy between Waterford city and the least deprived area in the country (Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown) was over six years for women and just under seven-and-a-half years for men.



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