Poverty in Ireland is not exclusive to one class and is evident across social strata including travellers, the elderly, as well as the lower and middle classes.

This report features examples of the varying degrees of poverty from the traveller living under the shelter of a tent not fit for a chicken, to the elderly and the middle classes struggling to meet their weekly bills, to the large families coping from day to day in overcrowded conditions and trying desperately to put food on the table for their children. 

One woman describes the reality of poverty amongst the middles classes saying,

I do think that people, sort of the middle class people, who are trying to buy a house and educate their children and run a car, I think that these are the people who are really finding it very hard to live.

John O'Donoghue meets a family of eleven children under 15 living in Keogh Square, a former military barracks, to hear how they survive financially from week to week.

This 'Newsbeat' report by Brian Cleeve and John O'Donoghue was broadcast on 22 December 1966.