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# St Vincent de Paul

Last week
28th May 2023 - 10th June 2023
# Education
Education Minister says parents and guardians ‘cannot be compelled to pay voluntary charge’
Norma Foley called on principals to contact her department if their school was struggling to pay certain costs.
Last month
May 2023
# energy poverty
Cost-of-living pressures led 230,000 people to seek help from St Vincent de Paul last year
Public Expenditure Minister Paschal Donohoe said falling inflation was not a cause for celebration.
This year
# energy poverty
SVP report shows number of people unable to heat their homes more than doubled last year
Using data from the CSO, the new report reveals around 377,000 people lived in homes they were unable to adequately heat last year.
Last year
# Inflation
Cost of living crisis: SVP says poorer families are on the brink as choices narrow
The charity highlighted how families were affected by the crisis this week.
# your stories
Are you struggling with the rising cost of living in Ireland? We want to hear your story
We want to get a sense of how Irish households are coping at the moment – here’s how you can take part.
# Consumer Price Index
CSO examining how to show 'disproportionate' impact of soaring inflation on poorer families
Campaigners have warned that soaring inflation is hitting lower-income households differently.
All time
St Vincent de Paul forecasts record number of calls for support this December
The cost of energy, rent and transport are putting pressure on low-income households, the society said.
# St Vincent de Paul
Hundreds of struggling parents call SVP everyday as back-to-school costs bite
The charity said the cost of iPads and tablets is a particular cause of concern.
Opinion: Bogus clothes collecting denying legitimate charities access to much needed funds
Double check if in doubt when approached for clothing donations to ensure those in need benefit.
# Coronavirus
One in four people in Ireland cut spending on food and utilities during pandemic, study finds
That’s according to research carried out by Red C on behalf of St Vincent de Paul.
# Housing
Varadkar says councils should help pay for property inspectors instead of 'investing in white-water rafting'
St Vincent De Paul has called for more support from the government to retrofit homes.
# Cold Weather Strategy
333 extra beds to be made available as Dublin Region Homeless Executive launches winter strategy
The measure was announced in partnership with a range of charities.
# social media fail
'That's me sorted for the Listowel Races': St Vincent de Paul apologises over student's social media boast
The charity was forced to cancel a cheque issued to a student who claimed it was needed to pay his college fees.
# food poverty
A third of calls made to St Vincent De Paul are from people struggling to afford food
One in 11 people in Ireland are estimated to experience food poverty.
# christmas appeal
Chiropractor in Donegal accepting toys instead of payment
The toys will be distributed by St Vincent de Paul to families in the area.
# Charity
St Vincent de Paul appeals for new premises after Coolock store destroyed by fire
A 25-year-old man was arrested in connection with the incident.
# Back To School
A record number of people sought help from St Vincent de Paul last month
The new figures coincide with new data on a surge in homeless children in Dublin.
# Children
'Not a legacy to be proud of': Charities tell ministers how to pull 139,000 children out of poverty
Today, leading NGOs will outline measures they say could make a real different to the quality of life of children in this country.
# tis the season
Brendan O'Carroll makes sure 2,800 families will have Christmas dinner
The cast and crew of Mrs Brown’s Boys have made a “very substantial” donation to the Society of St Vincent de Paul.
# give a fiver
New campaign asks people to give up the price of a pint for homeless families
The money will be used to help people living in emergency accommodation.
These 'flat to rent' ads show a sobering side to the hunt for housing
They’re part of a new campaign to raise awareness about the work SVP does, and the need for social housing.
# Taxing times
Energy regulator proposes to increase levy on electricity bills by 36%
The Commission for Energy Regulation is proposing the increase to the Public Service Obligation levy.
# sponsored by svp
"I was desperate, broke, homeless and unable to break the downward spiral of poverty"
We hear from Karen, a woman who knows first-hand what it’s like to slip into the bleak cycle of poverty.
Labour minister wins €18k car in raffle ... and immediately gives it back
The Society of St Vincent de Paul is very grateful for the gesture.
# shipshape
The shipping container house that was built in three days over the weekend
The unit, which will hopefully be donated to a family in Cork, has now been completed.
Customers in 'a no-win situation' with electricity levy
The CER has announced an increase in the Public Service Obligation levy.
# budget 2015
Up for debate: What sort of Ireland do we want?
St Vincent de Paul wants the Government to lead the debate on this question.
# Jailbreak
Irish students with no money blagged their way to Sydney in 36 hours
That’s mad, Ted.
# Jailbreak
Irish students with no money have made it to Singapore and San Diego in 24 hours
# run forest run
How far could you get in 36 hours with no money?
Over three hundred Irish students will find out when they take part in a jailbreak challenge tomorrow.
# Charity
"Thank you", says St Vincent de Paul after generous Christmas donations
In December, the charity made an appeal for toys and money after stocks ran low.
# Donations
St Vincent de Paul appeals for money and toys as donations fall
The Cork St Vincent de Paul warehouse in Cork has run out of toys, it emerged today.
# Donations
The government is giving €1 million to charities this Christmas
The donations to three different charities were approved at Cabinet today.
# Christmas
Calls to St Vincent de Paul more than double in three years
As the charity launches its Christmas appeal, it revealed that the cost of providing assistance has risen to more than €40 million.
# Unemployment
Irish man considers joining British army to pull family out of poverty
The 25-year-old father of two said he was told he would be expected to spend six months in Afghanistan if he enlisted.
# Your Say
Poll: Do you struggle to pay your energy bills?
The Society of St Vincent de Paul say more people are approaching them because they can’t pay their energy bills. Are you one of the people in difficulty?
# energy costs
People approaching St Vincent de Paul 'because they cannot afford the basics'
The Society of St Vincent de Paul has highlighted energy costs as particularly burdensome for struggling families.
# Cancer
Poor people 70% more likely to get lung, stomach, and cervical cancers
In Ireland, lung, stomach, head and neck, and cervical cancers are all more common in areas of higher unemployment and lower levels of education.
# Money
St Vincent de Paul warns of 'potential money lending crisis'
The society has said that its members are becoming increasingly alarmed at the prevalence of money lenders.
# St Vincent de Paul
President Higgins says Irish still face 'life draining impediments'
Addressing the annual conference of the SVP, he said that Ireland had “failed so frequently” to adopt policies that were good for its citizens.