Sister Stan

Sister Stan“Housing is broken.”

As heard on Today with Sean O'Rourke

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Sister Stanislaus Kennedy’s life of action and activism began when she joined The Sisters of Charity as an 18 year old novice. Now 80 years of age, she joined Seán O’Rourke to reflect on all that she’s packed in to her 62 year career. Most people probably know Sister Stan, as she is affectionately known, as founder of Focus Ireland …

Giving to the homeless‘Anytime I give Christmas presents, I don’t ask somebody, well what did you do with that?’

As heard on The Ryan Tubridy Show

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“Under every sleeping bag is a story,” said Ryan Tubridy chatting to caller Aidan who contacted him to explain why he feels giving money to the homeless can enhance the world.  “I used to ask people you know, do you want something to eat, because I didn’t want to be contributing to drug habits or drinking habits,” said Aidan, but …

Fr Peter McVerry on the housing crisis‘We have an emergency. We have a crisis. And I think in an emergency, you take emergency action.’

As heard on Today with Sean O'Rourke

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Homelessness campaigner Peter McVerry joined Sean O’Rourke to give him his take on the recent ‘Take Back the City’ movement, which is ongoing in Dublin city and the situation regarding homelessness and evictions across the country. Fr McVerry told Sean that he supports the ‘Take Back the City’ campaign and condemned “the absurdity and indeed, the obscenity” of empty buildings, given …

Premature aging in the homeless population ‘We have to try really, really hard to get people out of homelessness as soon as possible, otherwise we’ve got a longer term problem.’

As heard on Today with Sean O'Rourke

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A new study entitled “Premature Aging in the Homeless Population: a DePaul Initiative” has shown the worrying effects of homelessness on health.  Sean O’Rourke was joined by David Carroll, Director Services and Development and Clinical Nurse Manager Jess Sears who both work with DePaul services to find out what the effects are. Both spoke about their work with Sundial House, …

Near-Death Experience“I broke my neck, broke my back and broke my foot.”

As heard on The Ryan Tubridy Show

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Pádraic Rocliffe is a 26-year old student of Physical Education in University of Limerick. As part of his degree, he travelled to the United States in September last year to spend a semester studying Physical Education in Long Beach, California. He was only there a few weeks when he was involved in a road accident, as he recounted to Dave …

Teresa's story‘We couldn’t take anything. Sure, where were we going to put it?’

As heard on The Ryan Tubridy Show

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Teresa is a single mother who is currently homeless, living in a hotel near Dublin airport with her children. She first came to Ryan Tubridy’s attention during a Morning Ireland report about homelessness. Ryan asked her to join him on The Ryan Tubridy Show. Teresa told Ryan that she lost her home after falling into arrears following a series of expensive repairs. Teresa explained how she tried in vain to prioritise payments. “When something breaks down you …

Homelessness‘If you don’t know how to deal with a human being, you might as well give up on life.’

As heard on liveline

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Councillor Nial Ring called into Liveline today to continue the conversation the show has been having about homelessness. He told Joe that he wanted to raise the issue of the GPO and groups he has seen offering services to homeless people. He believes the situation is not ideal. “A huge mess is being made of the façade and the pathway around the GPO and I think, it’s just a significant …

Homeless Healthcare ‘We’ve seen the number of homeless people needing to be admitted to the hospital going down, despite the number of homeless people on the streets going up.’

As heard on Today with Sean O'Rourke

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When you’re homeless, you’re more likely than most to have health issues. But where do you go for medical treatment when you’ve nowhere to sleep? Last year, staff at St James’ Hospital in Dublin noticed a marked increase in the number of homeless people presenting for treatment. These patients had complex needs, but also quite often a distrust of the …