At least 500,000 in ‘serious distress’ over housing, says McVerry

Seminar to mark 50th anniversary of civil rights movement hears that key socio-economic and political issues still the same

Homelessness campaigner Peter McVerry, human rights campaigner Michael Farrell and migrant rights campaigner Bernadette McAliskey at the We Shall Overcome seminar in Liberty Hall, Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Homelessness campaigner Peter McVerry, human rights campaigner Michael Farrell and migrant rights campaigner Bernadette McAliskey at the We Shall Overcome seminar in Liberty Hall, Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

At least 500,000 people in the Republic are in housing situations that are causing them “serious distress”, homelessness campaigner Fr Peter McVerry has said.

Speaking at a seminar to mark the 50th anniversary of the civil rights movement, the Dublin-based campaigner said the Government was facing a “catastrophe”, with the housing crisis set to deepen.

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