Monday 5 December 2016

There are always others worse off

Published 03/12/2012 | 05:00

Among the many Irish organisations that promote worthy causes, perhaps none commands more respect and affection than the St Vincent de Paul Society. And perhaps no visitor is more welcome than the SVP representative at a door behind which may lie many a sad story.

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The SVP is everywhere. Its knowledge of conditions "on the ground" is unsurpassed. Early in the present crisis, it noted with alarm the sharp increase in poverty, often dire poverty. It also drew attention to what, for many of the young, was a new phenomenon – middle-class poverty.

Today it launches, in conjunction with this newspaper, a Christmas appeal. Never in recent history has such an initiative been more necessary.

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