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Communication Events

Peter McVerry Trust’s  Communications Department has hosted a number of advocacy and information events relating to education, discussion and debate on the topics of housing, homelessness and the people effected by these issues.

Empty Homes Conference

Since October 2014, Peter McVerry Trust has been formally campaigning for greater investment in empty homes, derelict sites and underused spaces. The latest stage in the campaign saw Peter McVerry Trust organise Ireland’s first Empty Homes Conference which took place on March 9th in Dublin. The event heard expert presentations from a wide range of stakeholders and agencies with attendees coming from Ireland, UK and the Netherlands. The conference was organised in order to identify the barriers and opportunities presented by empty homes, derelict sites and underused spaces. The latest figures suggest that there are almost 200,000 empty homes in Ireland and the potential to develop thousands of additional homes over the shop. The conference debate and outcomes will feed into the Government’s Empty Homes Strategy which is due for publication shortly.

Forum on Media and Homelessness

On Thursday 13th October, Peter McVerry Trust held a forum on media and homelessness. The forum examined how homelessness is almost exclusively portrayed in the media as rough sleeping, how that influences the public’s understanding and then the political responses to homelessness. This was the start of process which Peter McVerry Trust hopes will result in more accurate and respectful coverage of homelessness in Ireland. The event included contributions from Prof Eoin Devereux (UL), Susan Daly (TheJournal.ie), Joe Little (RTE), Michael Foley (NUJ) and Maria Bailey TD.


Schools Education and Awareness Day

Over 240 students from schools across Dublin joined Peter McVerry Trust for our first schools’ education and awareness day at the Lighthouse Cinema, Smithfield. The students participated in a range of activities and heard a talk from CEO Pat Doyle. Peter McVerry Trust would like to thank the students and teachers from St Paul’s CBS, Blackrock College, Clongowes College, Gonzaga College, Mount Temple Comprehensive School and Loreto High School Beaufort.

An Evening with Fr Peter McVerry

Over 200 people attended ‘An evening with Fr Peter McVerry’ chaired by Fintan O’Toole of the Irish Times. The event saw a special public screening of the documentary ‘Peter McVerry: A View from the Basement’ followed by an in depth interview with Fr McVerry. The interview gave an insight into the motivations of Fr McVerry, his views on dignity and equality as well as faith and spirituality.

 

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