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Half a million euro donation benefits Catholic charities feeding the hungry

"Our charity provided the only human contact that clients experienced during the pandemic as they were required to self-isolate or cocoon. The grant has been invaluable," says Ruth Harkness of The Little Flower Penny Dinners.

2020.09.27.

SVP calls for urgent action following CSO report on enforced deprivation

The Central Statistics Office (CSO) data on Enforced Deprivation shows almost 900,000 people were going without basics prior to the pandemic – an increase of over 140,000 from the previous year. More than one in five children are now experiencing enforced deprivation.

2020.09.08.

Archbishop concerned at pandemic’s impact on mental health

“We need to be building a society that will reach out to those who find themselves unexpectedly in dramatic situations and create a culture in which no one is ever driven to despair.”

2020.08.24.

SVP urges Government to tackle poverty as calls for help increase

“The concentration of job losses in low paid sectors means that the impact (of COVID-19) has disproportionately fallen on groups that are least able to endure a financial hit,” said Kieran Stafford, national president, SVP.

2020.07.21.

Over 1,400 registered Irish charities involved in advancement of religion

2019 was the year in which the number of registered charities passed ten thousand. Over half (53 per cent) of them, are in the ‘benefit to the community’ category and the next biggest grouping is ‘advancement of education’ while relief of poverty or economic hardship makes up 8.7 per cent.

2020.07.15.

Religious leaders in UK call for cancellation rather than suspension of debt

“To insist on debt repayment in the face of the suffering caused by this pandemic would be an affront to the faith traditions that we represent. There is an overarching moral case for debt relief in many faiths,” state the bishops and religious leaders in the UK.

2020.07.14.

Trócaire Lenten box cover girl is back at home thanks to you!

There is a remarkable success story about last year’s Trócaire collection box, which featured a Ugandan girl, Patricia, on its cover. The pretty eight-year-old was chosen as a ‘poster child’ for the Catholic overseas development aid agency’s 2019 Lenten fundraising because of the plight in which she and her family found themselves. Following the death

2020.06.28.

Bishop McKeown: the pandemic has caused new poverties

... there is much talk of getting back to ‘normal’. That all assumes that our earlier ways of running society and Church were the best that they could be – Bishop McKeown.

2020.06.27.

Keep giving food parcels to kids this summer, says SVP to new Irish government

"We are grateful that the NI Executive listened to us," said Patrick Friel of the SVP, which wants the Dublin government to do the same.

2020.06.25.

Poverty is bad for state and individuals, says SVP report

The experience of ongoing disadvantage takes a physical, psychological and social toll on the lives of too many children and adults, and the effects can be long lasting, says SVP National President, Kieran Stafford.

2020.06.18.

Prayer to God and solidarity with the poor are inseparable, says pope

“Time devoted to prayer can never become an alibi for neglecting our neighbour in need,” says Pope Francis.

2020.06.15.

Cardinal praises Gubay Foundation after £1 million donation to alleviate poverty

On behalf of so many, I wish to express heartfelt thanks to the Albert Gubay Charitable Foundation for this exceptional and magnificent donation to such important work – Cardinal Vincent Nichols.

2020.06.12.

Big jump in calls to SVP for help in wake of COVID-19 closures

"Our fear is that the impact of the pandemic will be most acute for individuals and families already living in poverty," said SVP president Kieran Stafford.

2020.04.05.

Extra support needed for those already under stress, say charities

“In the coming weeks, we expect to see an increased demand for our support as families find themselves in financial stress and hardship,” said Kieran Stafford, National President, SVP.

2020.03.26.

SVP ‘Survive on Five’ challenge: can you live on €5 a day for five days?

“Participants will have to think about and calculate every item they consume. However, this is the reality of hundreds of thousands of people in Ireland every day,” says SVP national president Kieran Stafford.

2020.02.17.

Tackling child poverty must be an election 2020 priority, SVP tells voters and politicians

"In our experience, the biggest driver of poverty in recent years is housing costs," says SVP president Kieran Stafford, calling on voters to exercise their electoral power to make politicans reduce the misery of poverty in Ireland today.

2020.01.19.

SVP annual Christmas raffle in Cork gives donated car

The winner of this year’s car is Eoin Duggan from Ballincollig, with runners-up from around County Cork receiving cash prizes from €500-€1,500. 

2020.01.04.

Wexford Adoration Sisters move from convent of 144 years

“We celebrate the Eucharist and the Divine Office in choir every day” – Adoration Sisters.

2019.12.27.

2020 marks the start of a “decade of delivery”, hopes Trócaire CEO

“We can all play our part to support a movement that puts the furthest behind first,” says Caoimhe de Barra.

2019.12.26.

Annual deprivation rate reduced slightly but many still lack basics states SVP

“For a rich country like Ireland, it is unacceptable that so many people are going without basics,” said Kieran Stafford, National President, SVP.

2019.12.04.

SVP launches Annual Appeal for Christmas

Christmas puts serious strain on the resources of those who seek help from the SVP.

2019.11.21.

Budget 2020 is ‘a failure for struggling households’, says SVP

‘We don’t believe that this budget protects those most vulnerable in the event of a No-Deal Brexit,’ says SVP national president Kieran Stafford.

2019.10.13.

UN Sustainable Development Goals review reveal that development aid works, say Trócaire

“When the world comes together, united by a plan and determined to help the world’s poorest, we can see wonderful results.”

2019.09.29.

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.
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