The midlands/eastern region also recorded a drop.
The number of households at risk of poverty fell in 2019.
The latest Central Statistics Office survey on Income and Living Conditions found it went from 14 percent in 2018 to 12.8 percent last year.
The number of people at risk of poverty in the midlands/eastern region also dropped.
The rate fell from 11.1 per cent in 2018 to 10.4 per cent in 2019.
Under 30 percent of lone parents are at risk of poverty, which is a drop of nearly 4 percent.
Gerry Reilly from the CSO outlines why this could be the case:
The CSO says it can't forecast what impact COVID-19 measures will have on poverty rates in Ireland.
It's latest survey was conducted before the pandemic led to lockdowns and subsequent job losses.
Mr. Reilly says it's just not possible to predict what that impact will be: