Understanding Option for the Poor

Posted on 09. Oct, 2014 in Christian Values, Church Teachings, Economy, Faith and Justice, Poverty

Gustavo Gutierrez, founder of liberation theology gave it the central tenet of, “the preferential option for the poor” or “option for the poor” as it is often known. This service of the poor is also one of the clear guiding principals of Pope Francis’ theology. The phrase was also seen to have links with Marxism. […]

Prison Services

Posted on 14. Aug, 2014 in Poverty, Prison, Rehabilitation

A piece from the 2006 archive. Reoffending and rehabilitation are words that are often used when talking about prisoners and the prison system in Ireland today.  Miriam Gormally met up with John Lonergan, the Governor of Mountjoy Prison, who talked about rehabilitation and how poverty, disadvantage and stigmatisation affect it.  John explains why we need […]

Remembering Rwanda (Pt2)

Posted on 25. Apr, 2014 in Charity, Humanitarian Aid, Poverty

Conor Deane went to speak with Eamonn Meehan CEO of Trócaire about Remembering Rwanda 20 Years On. Remembering Rwanda 20 Years On. The genocide against the Tutsi people in Rwanda in 1994 was one of the most horrific chapters of the 20th century. In just 100 days up to one million people were killed, mostly […]

Remembering Rwanda 20 Years On.

Posted on 11. Apr, 2014 in Faith and Justice, Poverty, Volunteering, War / Civil Unrest

Conor Deane went to speak with Eamonn Meehan CEO of Trócaire about Remembering Rwanda 20 Years On. The genocide against the Tutsi people in Rwanda in 1994 was one of the most horrific chapters of the 20th century. In just 100 days up to one million people were killed, mostly members of the minority Tutsi […]

Beara Students Against Trafficking

Posted on 14. Mar, 2014 in Christian Values, Faith and Justice, Poverty

A group of courageous 4th year TY students in Beara Community School, Castletownbere Co. Cork have recently completed a very comprehensive YSI (Young Social Innovators) project after they were shocked to learn of the horrors of people trafficking and it’s prevalence around the world but also here in Ireland. They have set out to make […]

Rev Bjork To Open A Dining Room

Posted on 14. Feb, 2014 in Addiction, Alcohol, Drugs, Poverty

The mostly affluent borough of Dun Laoghaire might not seem the kind of place that would need a free meals service but the Reverend Asa Bjork Olafsdottir thinks it is.  The Icelandic native has been Vicar of Christ Church Dun Laoghaire for the past year and as well as proving herself a very good and […]

Mortgage Debt Forgiveness

Posted on 17. Oct, 2013 in Poverty

Ken Cowley is a long time campaigner for Mortgage Debt Forgiveness. Ken Cowley who has featured on RTE with Marian Finucane many times and The Late Late Show among many others, in his search for Mortgage Debt Forgiveness for the negative equity generation, talks with Conor Deane about his latest initiative which is a Mountain […]

The 2013 Budget

Posted on 10. Oct, 2013 in Charity, Faith and Justice, Poverty

SVP’s John Mark McCafferty Discusses The 2013 Budget The society’s Head of Social Justice & Policy dropped in to talk with Conor Deane about the forthcoming budget and how the Society wish to see an immediate end to the Austerity Program given how harsh its’ effects have been on families and individuals in the State. […]

Helping Women

Posted on 13. Jun, 2013 in Feminism/Women in the Church, Poverty

The Bishops’ Appeal is the Church of Ireland’s world aid development programme and depends on collections that are made during the periods of Lent and Harvest.  The Church’s General Synod in May heard that annual takings were down 20 percent because of the economic situation.  But on the other hand there was no single major […]

Reverse Mission

Posted on 30. May, 2013 in Church Teachings, Poverty

Michael McCullagh, a Vincentian priest said that St. Vincent de Paul had a radical understanding of mission when said “Only for your love, your love alone, will the poor forgive you for the bread you give them.” This is an understanding he says, that we need to bring to the world today in engage in […]