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From top: Graphic showing number of empty homes in rural Ireland; figures from Peter McVerry Trust report on rural homelessness

Homeless charity Peter McVerry Trust has launched a new report on rural homelessness.

From the report:

As of April 2019, there were 40,234 mortgages across Ireland in long-term mortgage arrears (two years or more).

According to information published each year by the Central Bank, rural counties have the highest percentage of mortgages in arrears as a percentage of all mortgages.

This has the potential to impact heavily on rural homelessness given the rates of mortgage distress and repossession

In 2018 financial institutions across Ireland repossessed 1,284 homes.

Peter McVerry Trust tweetz:

Homelessness is impacting small towns across Ireland – not just larger urban areas.

Peter McVerry Trust publishes new report on rural homelessness (Peter McVery Trust)

A week ago, on Monday, November 12, RTÉ Gold presenter Rick O’Shea asked members of his book club to donate the price of a cheap paperback book, €5, to housing and homeless charity, the Peter McVerry Trust.

Since then, €13,300 has been raised for the charity.

Now he’s calling on corporations and companies to contribute, saying:

“I’d love companies and corporates to consider giving a tiny something at this time of year on top of all of the members of the public digging deep. Your fiver will make such a difference to the number of people they can help on cold, dark Irish streets this Christmas.”

Anyone who wishes can donate here

Thanks Yvonne Judge

A stocking filler with a difference.

No Fixed Abode is a group exhibition of donated homeless-themed works in aid of the Peter McVerry Trust at Copper House Gallery, Saint Kevins Cottages, Synge Street, Dublin 8 running until December 22.

Donna writes:

In The Copper House Gallery, we are holding a special Christmas launch on Wednesday, December 6 to encourage people to come along and support the great and essential work of The Peter McVerry Trust by buying an original piece of art.

Over 120 artists have donated their pieces to the exhibition and 100% of the proceeds go to The Peter McVerry Trust. All the works are priced to sell with some well known names. There is a style and a price range to suit everyone so this year why not give the gift of original art?

You can check a name off your Christmas list, support original Irish artists and raise funds that go directly to combat the escalating homelessness crisis. If you can make it to the launch on the 6th December, you can do it all with a Christmas beverage in hand!


No Fixed Abode Christmas Fundraiser (Facebook)

Irish-made stocking fillers to broadsheet@broadsheet.ie marked ‘Irish-Made Stocking Fillers’

No Fixed Abode is a group exhibition of donated homeless-themed works by artists, illustrators, photographers and sculptures in aid of the Peter McVerry Trust.

Launching at 6pm in the Copper House, Saint Kevins Cottages, Synge Street, Dublin 8.

No Fixed Abode runs until Friday, December 22 (Monday – Friday 10am – 5pm).

No Fixed Abode (Facebook)

Earlier: Another Record


These Little Things.

A one-minute cinema ad for the Peter McVerry Trust in collaboration with Wide Eye Media, IAPI, Pull the Trigger and Havas Dublin.

Further to this.

On Wednesday night, at 8.56pm, a three-minute ad of the same vein will be broadcast simultaneously on RTE One and RTE Two.

Laura Halpin and Ronán Jennings, of Havas Dublin, wrote the script; it was directed by Kieron J Whelan and it involved Oscar winning director Lenny Abrahamson.

RTÉ Television to Celebrate Irish Creativity (RTÉ)

Thanks John Gallen


To mark World Homeless Day.

An evening with homelessness activist Peter McVerry’ including a screening of the documentary Peter McVerry: A View From The Basement and a chat with Fintan O’Toole at the Light House Cinema starting at 6.30pm.

Peter McVerry Trust



Peter McVerry at the launch of the Action Plan on Homelessness last month

….Fr Peter McVerry wants to get back to the 80s, where we were building up to 8,000 “social houses” every year. Why? Does he see home ownership as a bad thing? Why else would he be so in favour of inflating the “social housing” market – property that would forever remain in the state’s hands?

The British Left never forgave Thatcher for “right to buy,” which allowed the low income to buy their council houses. Private property being the original sin of the Left, this broke the chains that bound many of Britain’s poorer with the powerful state. US broadcaster Dennis Prager says “the bigger the state, the smaller the citizen,” and that’s what gets Leftists votes.

We entirely sympathise with people on short-term leases, who can see a hike in their rent down the road. But what do you expect with such an appallingly regulated sector? Landlords are only in that favourable position due to that tired but true term: supply-and-demand.

If the stock of housing were to keep up with demand, no landlord could afford to lose good, reliable tenants; longer-term leases, with rent freezes, would be a competitive advantage as landlords sought the best tenants. (And, given that we rate tradesmen, teachers and restaurants online, why not throw in a website that rates tenants?)

The market rate is, after all, contingent on what the state will allow it to be, reflective of land zoning, planning permission, and a plethora of costly regulations.

Alas, I dare say, many of McVerry’s supporters would be the same type of people who would turn their noses up at a block of apartments being built in their neighbourhood.

Of course McVerry is correct on many points; relative to wages, housing is stupidly expensive in Ireland. But the solutions are not so forthcoming.

Releasing state-controlled land; building taller buildings to make better use of acreage and afford us the density of population required to make quality public transport possible; tackling the cost of grossly inflated agricultural land – all of these solutions are actively fought by progressives.

You can’t have a competitive property market and an 19th Century idyll at the same time, folks.

We need sustainable solutions here. We need tough, open discussions. We need accurate figures. McVerry’s is not the only voice in this debate.

Fr Peter McVerry’s voice is not the only one in this homelessness debate (John Lalor, The Hibernia Forum)



A meeting of the Oireachtas Committee on Housing and Homelessness today

The committee will be fully aware that there are in excess of 6,000 people in homelessness across Ireland, of whom 2,000 are children. In addition to the family homeless emergency there over 3,000 adults with no dependents in homeless services nationally.

Individuals, and indeed couples, face enormous challenges in accessing housing. The people that Peter McVerry Trust supports can often be excluded by mainstream social housing providers. Inadequate housing provision and housing supports mean that it is single individuals who face the longest wait for housing and the greatest risk of damage and institutionalisation by the system.

Despite the deepening emergency across Ireland there are only 5 counties where there are more than 100 people in homelessness.

However, the situation is shifting dramatically. For example, in Kildare the numbers in homelessness has doubled since January 1st.  In Tipperary the figure has gone from 4 individuals to 54 individuals in just 3 months. In Dublin there are, on average, 8 new adult presentations per day.

From the Peter McVerry Trust’s opening statement to the Oireachtas Committee on Housing and Homelessness this morning.

Read the statement in full here


A decent gaff in Dublin.

No seriously.

Francis Doherty writes:

‘Moving on’ is a short film that tells the story of two young people in homelessness and follows them as they prepare to move into their own homes.These new homes were former local authority voids, vacant for a number of years, which were then renovated by Peter McVerry Trust with funding from [building material firm] Saint Gobain Ireland. The project resulted in 6 apartments for people in homeless services.

Peter McVerry Trust