A Dickensian Government

Posted on 22. Feb, 2018 in Christian Values, Church of Ireland, Homelessness

The Irish government is showing “a Dickensian attitude” to homelessness, charges Peter McVerry SJ in this interview with Pat Coyle. He says they are blaming homeless people themselves for their situation, just as the Victorians blamed the poor for being poor. “The reality,” he adds, “is that homelessness is primarily caused by a failure of […]

The Belvedere Sleep Out

Posted on 14. Dec, 2017 in Christian Values, Community, Homelessness

Homelessness is a major issue for us in our society and has been to the fore over the last number of months with record high numbers sleeping rough or without a proper home. Every year the Belvedere College Sleep-Out and Fast raises money for three well-known charities that work with the homeless, Focus Ireland, The […]

Rebuilding Ireland – doomed to fail P2

Posted on 19. Oct, 2017 in Christian Values, Community, Economy, Homelessness

In this second part of looking at rebuilding Ireland, Margaret looks at the Government action plan, Rebuilding Ireland. She says it is doomed to fail unless there is a fundamental change in ideology. She explores how a housing policy that is largely based on being serviced by the private sector will alway have investment and profit as […]

Unsung Hero

Posted on 17. Aug, 2017 in Drugs, Faith and Justice, Homelessness, Young people

This is a piece from 2005 when Peter McVerry SJ won an award for his work in the “People of the Year Awards” Peter McVerry SJ has been working with Dublin’s young homeless for over 40 years now. At the time, the Peter McVerry Trust provided two homeless hostels for the under 18 age group, […]

The Right to Housing

Posted on 26. May, 2016 in Christian Values, Community, Economy, Homelessness

Mercy Law Resource centre provides a unique legal service for people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness. They recently submitted a paper calling for the right to housing to be included in the Irish Constitution. They pointed out that the right to housing is included in eighty-one Constitutions and that it is provided […]

Family homelessness

Posted on 25. Feb, 2016 in Addiction, Christian Values, Economy, Homelessness, Young people

Fr. Peter McVerry has said that housing should be a key election issue. Given the scale of the housing crisis, he said it was surprising and disappointing that the issue had not featured far more prominently in debates leading up to the General Election. Commenting on the current figures for homelessness, he added: “Housing is […]

Changing Face of Homelessness

Posted on 03. Sep, 2015 in Economy, Faith and Justice, Homelessness

Kerry Anthony is Chief executive of an organisation called Depaul, which has been in Ireland for about twenty years. They work in partnership with St Vincent de Paul and were set up in the 80s in London to respond to people sleeping rough. Kerry says that homelessness in Ireland is now worse than it ever […]

Choir at St. Ann’s

Posted on 25. Dec, 2014 in Christmas, Homelessness, Music Therapy

One of the Choirs that joined the Black Santa annual collection in Dawson’s street, Dublin was the Dublin Male Voice Choir. Miriam met Áine Mulvey, musical director and Frank Guifoyle, chairperson of the Choir to find out more about their choir on the day that they were singing outside St. Ann’s. Website is Dublinmalevoicechoir.ie

Shipping container for the Homeless

Posted on 04. Dec, 2014 in Homelessness

Ciara Smullen – The interior designer on the project. Ireland’s first shipping container home was built over three days in November and displayed on the grounds of the Irish Museum of Modern Arts. It went from this to this. And inside. It has since been donated to Saint Vincent de Paul in Cork where it […]

The New Homeless

Posted on 29. May, 2014 in Church Teachings, Homelessness, Uncategorized

We often have a very stereotypical view of homeless people as drug addicts or alcoholics, what Fr. Peter McVerry SJ calls the “visible homeless”. However there are lots of people who fall into the homeless category and in recent times there has been an increase in the new homeless, people without any major social or […]