Tánaiste Joan Burton and Father Peter McVerry to address IMPACT homelessness event this Saturday (20th September)

Tánaiste Joan Burton, homelessness campaigner Father Peter McVerry, and Dublin City Council’s head of housing and residential services Dick Brady, will be among the speakers at an IMPACT public meeting on Dublin’s homelessness crisis, which takes place at the Gresham Hotel, O’Connell Street, Dublin 1 from 10.30am this Saturday (20th September 2014).  The media are invited to attend.

A Roof is a Right, hosted by IMPACT’s Boards and Voluntary Agencies’ branch, will challenge policymakers and practitioners to outline practical measures to implement commitments they have made to tackle the capital’s homelessness crisis. Confirmed contributors include:

  • Joan Burton, Tánaiste and leader of the Labour Party
  • Father Peter McVerry, Peter McVerry Trust
  • Dick Brady, Dublin City Council assistant chief executive (housing and residential services)
  • Councillor Críona Ní Dhálaigh, Chair of Dublin City Council’s Strategic Policy Committee on housing
  • Bob Jordan, chief executive, Threshold
  • Wayne Stanley, policy analyst, Focus Ireland
  • Catherine Kenny, head of housing, Dublin Simon Community
  • Sally Anne Kinahan, ICTU assistant general secretary
  • Kevin Callinan, IMPACT deputy general secretary
  • Ashley Connolly, IMPACT assistant general secretary, Boards and Voluntary Agencies branch

The event is part of IMPACT’s homelessness campaign which, earlier this year, saw over 100 Dublin local election candidates pledge to protect homeless service budgets during the current local government term, which ends in 2019. Since then, the Government coalition has published its Statement of Government Priorities, 2014-2016, which promises measures to tackle the housing crisis. Meanwhile, the Irish Congress of Trade Unions has placed housing at the centre of its 2015 pre-budget submission.

A Roof is a Right will probe these and other commitments to tackle homelessness by exploring the practical measures necessary to turn pledges and commitments into new sustainable homes and support services. The event will bring together a range of practitioners and stakeholders from homelessness and housing NGOs, trade unions, local authorities and politics to explore priorities and policy options while highlighting the importance of homelessness services being delivered to those most in need.

Get more details HERE.