Irish Independent 24/07/2017
Our Head of Communications, Francis Doherty, was quoted in the Irish Independent urging local authorities to CPO up to 500 vacant homes to help ease the housing crisis. Read the full story online here.
Irish Independent 17/07/2017
The new National Drugs Strategy was published by Minister of State Catherine Byrne TD. Peter McVerry Trust welcomed the strategy’s publication and called for it to be adequately resourced. Read the full story here.
Irish Times – 27/04/17
CEO Pat Doyle wrote a letter to the Irish Times to highlight figures in the CSO Census 2016 Housing in Ireland report which showed that over 95,000 homes in Ireland’s urban areas lie empty whilst the country faces a housing shortage. Read the full piece on irishtimes.com here.
RTE Six One News – 25/04/17
CEO Pat Doyle spoke to RTE News about the Spring 2017 rough sleeper count and provided an explanation for the recent jump in the figures for this time of year. Watch the full video here.
RTE Radio 1 Drivetime – 25/04/17
Pat Doyle, CEO of Peter McVerry Trust, spoke to Drivetime about the Spring 2017 rough sleeper figures and about the solutions to prevent more people from falling into homelessness. Listen to the entire piece here.
Newstalk – 25/04/17
CEO Pat Doyle spoke to Newstalk radio about his disappointment in the rise in the numbers of people rough sleeping in Dublin as per the Spring 2017 count. Read the article and listen to the clip here.
Leinster Leader – 19/04/17
Peter Mc Verry Trust in partnership with Kildare County Council opened a new Family Hub in Athy, Co Kildare, to provide stable and more appropriate emergency accommodation for families residing in hotels and B&Bs. Read the full article on the Leinster Leader’s website here.
Irish Examiner- 27/03/17
Pat Doyle, CEO of Peter McVerry Trust, provides an update on the issues of housing and homelessness in Ireland. You can read the entire article on the Irish Examiner’s website here.
RTE Radio 1 Morning Ireland – 09/03/17
CEO Pat Doyle spoke to Morning Ireland about measures to bring vacant properties back into use just before the start of our Empty Homes conference. Download the podcast here.
Irish Times- 09/03/17
Research by Peter McVerry Trust showed that 62% of people in Ireland are in favour of a tax on homes that have lain vacant for over one year. Read the full piece on the Irish Times’ website here.
Newstalk – 11/02/17
Fr Peter McVerry launched an international call to action aimed at ending poverty worldwide as part of the the global Stop Poverty campaign. Read the entire article on Newstalk’s website here.
Limerick Post – 05/02/17
Figures from the Department of Housing of taken during the week of Christmas, showed that the number of people in emergency accommodation in Limerick grew. Peter McVerry Trust urged the Government to urging to implement fast-track measures to get empty homes back into use. Read the full article here.
Irish Times – 18/01/17
Francis Doherty, Head of Communications at Peter McVerry Trust, outlines what needs to be done to tackle the problem of vacant housing in Ireland. These measures include a vacant property tax, compulsory purchase orders and a National Coordination Unit. Read the entire opinion piece on the Irish Times’ website here.