A new study into poverty in Ireland recognises that over one million people are now living below the poverty line.

At a conference organised by the Council for Social Welfare held in Kilkenny Sister Stanislaus Kennedy, who has been involved in the campaign against poverty for over a decade, spoke to reporter Charlie Bird about the new poor and the establishment of the new Combat Poverty Agency.

The poor people who are poorer today in the sense that they are not able to have meat except maybe a small bit of meat on Sunday.

Sr Stan is prepared for the challenges facing the newly reformed Combat Poverty Agency in dealing with conflict, exposing injustices and showing where the inequality in the distribution of wealth lies.

You are either on the side of the poor or you are on the side of the people who making money on the backs of the poor.

An RTÉ News report broadcast on 9 November 1981. The reporter is Charlie Bird. The report is introduced by Leo Enright.