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

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 […]

Fr. Peter McVerry SJ pt2

Posted on 23. Nov, 2013 in Homelessness, Humanitarian Aid

In this second part of a 4 part series Fr. Peter McVerry SJ expresses his outrage at how the government and successive politicians have ignored the plight of the poor in Ireland especially in Dublin.  In “What’s the road forwards…” Out “…immediately” Total Time = 6:17  

Fr Peter McVerry SJ

Posted on 07. Nov, 2013 in Fundraising, Homelessness

Fr. Peter McVerry SJ has been nominated to receive the accolade of the Freedom Of Dublin in recognition of his work with the homeless in Dublin and Ireland.  Fr Peter McVerry SJ and Lord Mayor Oisin Quinn. The Lord Mayor of Dublin Oisin Quinn has announced the decision to award the Freedom of Dublin to […]

Homelessness in Galway

Posted on 13. May, 2009 in Homelessness, Poverty

As more people are hit by the recession, homelessness is something that people are increasingly sensitive to. Miriam Gormally met Martin O’Connor, the Assistant Director of COPE Galway to find out if the face of homelessness is changing. He began by explaining that homelessness doesn’t always come down to economic factors.

Displaced in Somalia

Posted on 04. Mar, 2009 in Charity, Conflict, Homelessness, Places of Conflict

If you had 15 minutes to leave your home and flee for your life and possibly never to return, what would you bring? This is a situation that Trocaire asked Current Rose of Tralee, Aoife Kelly to try. Unfortunately this is a reality for many people and displacement is the theme of this year’s Trocaire […]