Tuesday, December 17, 2013

food poverty in Ireland

2014 is the 135th anniversary of the Famine of 1879, the 'mini-famine' or 'An Gorta Beag' that caused widespread hunger rather than mass death in Ireland. Like its more devastating 'big brothers' of the 1840s and 1740s it affected mainly the poor, the powerless, and the vulnerable.

One would be forgiven for thinking it a not very important anniversary of an almost forgotten event in our history. However, with nearly half a million of our citizens currently suffering from food poverty (here) it is a reminder, perhaps, that things have not changed as much as we like to think they have.

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