Middle class are new poor
Sir -- The distribution of more than 2,000 food parcels by Brother Kevin Crowley and his volunteers in the Capuchin Friary in Dublin just before Christmas is an increase of 500 per cent on the number of recipients in 2009.
But this figure probably doesn't reflect the true number of those in need. Brother Kevin said many of those who presented themselves at the friary for food parcels were from a middle-class background but had now become Ireland's new poor as a result of our economic collapse.
Without question, pride and shame and embarrassment has prevented many more thousands in need availing of this charity.