Fr Peter McVerry awarded French Human Rights Prize
The unstinting advocate for the rights of the homeless and vulnerable, Fr Peter McVerry has today been awarded the French Human Rights Award by the French Ambassador Jean-Pierre Thébault. The embassy made the award in recognition of Fr McVerry’s work to alleviate poverty and fight homelessness in Ireland.
Making the award Ambassador Thébault said “For his commitment in helping those most in need, Peter McVerry embodies the values of equality, fraternity and social justice defended in the 1789 French Declaration of Human Rights and the Citizen.”
On receiving his award Fr McVerry said that “I see the award as more than recognition for me, I see it really as an award to acknowledge the growing issue of homelessness in Ireland. At a time when so many people are on the verge of homelessness in its important that we continue to recognise their needs and their rights. We must do more to more to tackle homelessness, and I fear that existing measures are wholly insufficient to reduce, let alone eliminate homelessness.”
Pat Doyle CEO of Peter McVerry Trust paid tribute to Fr McVerry who continues to inspire the work of the charity which he founded in 1983. “Peter is very worthy recipient of this award, and unstinting advocate for human rights, he has for the last 40 years challenged for the realisation of the rights of the most vulnerable in our society. He continues to be at the fore of efforts to improve the lives of the thousands of people at risk of, and experiencing, homelessness in Ireland today.”