I heard this on 6:30am news and then heard the ESRI analyst responsible on MI on way to work.
She and interviewer ignored the very, very obvious cause of this, despite referring to other countries where unemployment is higher but its impact on households is lower.
Basically the Irish state funds babies, so whether you're in full employment or have no job prospects it's "okay" to have kids because the tax payer picks up the tab.
In Ireland way too many kids are being brought up in homes that can't support them, nor ever will be able to. This ESRI report is just another part of the evidence trail that must lead the government to solving the "mystery" of why we have so many criminals, so many ASBOs, so many cradle-to-grave welfare dependents and such a high social welfare tab.
Over 20% in jobless households - ESRI study - RTÉ News