A Report conducted by the Health Promotion Research Centre at NUI Galway, which studied 16,000 children between the ages of 9 and 18 years old found that 14% of those surveyed never have breakfast up 1% from the Study figures in 2006.
The Irish Health Behaviour in School Aged Children Report of 2010 found that 21% of Children report going hungry with younger Children from lower social economic groups being much more likely to experience hunger.
20% of Irish children have gone to school hungry - RTÉ News
Given that Irish welfare rates are in some cases several times the rate payable in other EU Countries from whom we effectively borrow to fund our deficit it begs the question how much of the problem is related to fecklessness and poor parenting, and how much is related to genuine poverty?
Could the phenomenal growth of the Gambling Industry in Ireland be related to the problem and should it be curtailed?
Are the new working poor paying too much to banks to afford to take care of their families?
Do parents need training to budget, plan and prepare nutritious meals?
The other strange development is that there is a big increase in obesity among Irish Children.
How can the State best look after the welfare of vulnerable neglected Children?