Tuesday 17 October 2017

Letter of the week: Dole out soup, Enda

Breakfast being served at the Capuchin day centre. Photo: Tony Gavin
Breakfast being served at the Capuchin day centre. Photo: Tony Gavin

Madam -- I hope, as they bask in the glory of getting the country back on financial track (at a terrible cost to our workforce), that one of their minions brings to the attention of Taoiseach Enda Kenny and his Finance Minister Michael Noonan the harrowing story with the headline; 'Charities struggling to cope with record demand for food parcels' (Sunday Independent, December 22, 2013).

Your report outlined the record crowds, including distressed families with young children, daily besieging Brother Kevin Crowley's Capuchin Day Centre in Dublin for charity food parcels. I quote Bro Crowley: "Demand is very high and things are definitely worse for people than they were this time last year."

Your report also told of parish priest Fr John Dunphy of Graiguenamanagh, Co Kilkenny, having so many people calling to his house looking for food parcels that he's now in the process of opening up a soup kitchen.

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