Nearly 16% of households in Ireland were at risk of poverty last year according to new data from the Central Statistics Office, down slightly on a year earlier.

The Survey on Income and Living Conditions for 2017 also shows the proportion of people living in consistent poverty here was 6.7%.

The annual survey is the official source of data on household and individual income and provides a range of key national poverty indicators.

The survey found that the mean annual household disposable income for the year was €48,476.

That is an increase of 4.7% on the previous year.

The proportion of those defined as being at risk of poverty because their income was less than 60% of the national median was 15.7%, down slightly from 16.2% in 2016.

There was a bigger drop in the percentage of those considered to experiencing enforced deprivation, from 21% in 2016 to 18.8% last year.

The definition of enforced deprivation is that a household is unable to afford two or more deprivation indicators, like buying presents for family or friends at least once a year or not keeping the home adequately warm.

An inability to afford to replace worn out furniture, or to afford a morning, afternoon or evening out in the last fortnight were among the most common types of deprivation experienced by households in Ireland.

Consistent poverty is experienced when those at risk of poverty are also experiencing enforced deprivation.

Here, the figures show again that there was a fall in the numbers, from 8.2% in 2016, to 6.7% last year.

The survey also found that nearly a third of households with children requiring dental examinations and/or treatments considered the associated costs a financial burden.

However, among those households without children, that dropped to just under a quarter.

"It is extremely worrying that despite record levels of employment and Ireland having one of the fastest growing economies in Europe, there is little relief for the working poor," said Eamon Murphy, Economic and Social Analyst with Social Justice Ireland.

"There has been little change in the number of people in employment who are at risk of poverty - 109,000 people with jobs are living in poverty."

The organisation set out a range of steps that it says are necessary to remove people from the poverty trap, including setting a goal of eliminating poverty in the course of a single five-year Dáil term, benchmarking social welfare payments and ensuring equity of social welfare rates.