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SVP calls for greater controls on moneylenders

“Moneylenders are meeting a need for access to credit but often at a cost which people who are better off and who have other options would baulk at.”

2019.07.31.

SVP volunteers gather in Dublin to celebrate 175 years of God’s work

“The greatness of the story of the Society of Saint Vincent de Paul is the witness of those men and women who became real friends with the poor.”

2019.04.14.

SVP report finds greater poverty among lone parents

“This report shows Ireland has a long way to go in creating pathways to sustainable, decent and family friendly employment which will address the growing issue of in-work poverty among lone parents” – Dr Tricia Keilthy, SVP.

2019.03.06.

Global economy favours those at the top, says Oxfam report

Last year the 3.8 billion people who make up the poorest half of the world saw their wealth decline by 11 per cent, while billionaires’ fortunes rose by a similar amount (12 per cent).

2019.01.24.

SVP expect no slow down in calls for help in its 175th anniversary year

In Ireland, the Society of St Vincent de Paul receives more than 130,000 calls for assistance a year – about 11 percent more than it did five years ago.

2019.01.07.

SVP and Salvation Army hope “Stuff A Bus” will bring a Christmas three-bell load

“The effects of poverty don’t stop just because it’s Christmas – they endure throughout the year.” 

2018.11.24.

YOUth Summit brings together Generation2030 Activists to work for sustainable goals

The summit is part of One World Week, a week of youth-led awareness-raising, education and action that takes place throughout Ireland during the third week in November every year.

2018.11.19.

Pope urges Christians: Get involved personally with the poor

“We are so trapped in a culture that induces us to look in the mirror and pamper ourselves, that we think that an altruistic gesture is enough, without the need to get directly involved.”

2018.11.18.

SVP launches Annual Appeal

SVP said that 6 weeks ahead of Christmas it is already receiving an average of 1000 calls for help to offices around the country every day.

2018.11.15.

New study highlights the struggles of low-income families

“This research highlights the risk to children’s development and quality of life when there is an ongoing shortfall in all areas of household expenditure.”

2018.09.27.

Single parents often better off not working

The high cost of childcare means that nearly one in five lone parents are better off not working.

2018.07.07.

SVP publish pre-budget submission

Almost 10,000 people are currently homeless, and nearly 86,000 households are on the social housing waiting list.

2018.06.13.

ILO’s moral purpose needed now more than ever, says President Higgins

"Poverty anywhere constitutes a danger to prosperity everywhere." - President Michael D Higgins

2018.06.11.

Reduce reliance on fossil fuels Pope tells oil executives

“There is no time to lose: We received the earth as a garden-home from the Creator; let us not pass it on to future generations as a wilderness.”

2018.06.10.

Sponsor a student and change a life for good

You can help prevent someone with enormous potential from dropping out of college just because they can’t afford the day-to-day expenses of student life.

2018.05.21.

SVP looks ahead to another busy year in 2018

There are 70,000 more Irish children living in poverty than there were in 2008 and more than one in ten of our children experience persistent poverty.

2018.01.13.

Papal visit likely to culminate in Phoenix Park Mass

Archbishop Diarmuid Martin reveals likely cost of Pope Francis’ visit in August 2018 for the World Meeting of Families will be over €20m.

2017.12.19.

SVP appeals for generous response to collection this weekend

‘Keep it local’ ethos allows volunteers the flexibility to provide the necessary help for people in their area.

2017.12.09.

Future of Ireland and EU – a choice, not a chance.

The European Union has to become a caring Union, looking out for the socially deprived, Social Justice Ireland tells Oireachtas Joint Committee on the Future of the European Union.

2017.12.01.

SVP launches Christmas Appeal

“Irish society cannot and must not accept that living in, or on the verge of, poverty is normal - SVP

2017.11.16.

Two priests ordained for Dublin

Like St Laurence O'Toole "we need a faith where theology and prayer, witness and care of the poor belong together and can influence the world around us and make society more loving" - Archbishop of Dublin.

2017.11.15.

Jesuit Centre calls for new direction on housing policy

“The policy of the past 25 years has led to a chronic under-supply of real social housing. It has resulted in the homelessness crisis we are now experiencing,” warns Fr Peter McVerry.

2017.10.18.

Charities welcome modest improvements in Budget

Social Justice Ireland (SJI) stated that Budget 2018 has given modest improvements for some but failed to get to grips with the scale of the crises needing to be addressed.

2017.10.12.

“We need unequivocally to reject a culture of violence”

Address criminal drug gangs, moneylenders, violence in the home, against children, sexual violence and violence against people because of their sexuality, as well as hate-talk about immigrants, exhorts Archbishop Diarmuid Martin.

2017.10.03.

Cathedral dedicated to Mother Teresa on her 20th anniversary

Ceremony at St Teresa Cathedral in Pristina attended by the Kosovo President Hashim Thaçi and religious leaders from Kosovo and Albania.

2017.09.06.

92 victims of sex trafficking supported by Ruhama in 2016

“It is now illegal to purchase sex in this country and the penalties for organising and profiting from prostitution have been increased. More needs to be done to ensure that these laws are properly enforced.”

2017.08.29.

Missionary pens novel to raise awareness of Philippines violations

Fr Shay Cullen’s novel ‘Ricky and Julie – a story of courage and survival in the Philippines’ is about the lives of street children targeted and hunted by the deadly Davao Death Squad.

2017.08.23.

New priest Fr Malachy Gallagher ordained for Derry diocese

“Your lifestyle will be a protest against the stifling hedonism that is presented as the best we can hope for. Belief in God is not repression of our dignity but an invitation to the individual greatness that is God’s dream for each of us.”

2017.08.01.

“We are priests because God has called us”

Bishop Brendan Kelly ordains Rev Declan Lohan, a former barrister and member of the Legion of Mary and Youth 2000, to the priesthood for ministry in the Diocese of Galway.

2017.07.25.

Budget 2018 will be a child poverty ‘litmus test’ for Varadkar

Having a long-term approach to investing in services will prove more beneficial in building a more sustainable equitable society for our children.

2017.07.23.
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