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Saturday 24 March 2018

Minister Kelly hits back at Fr Peter McVerry

Fr Peter McVerry
Fr Peter McVerry
The newly refurbished Fr Scully House which was visited by Minister for Environment, Community and Local Government Alan Kelly TD where he spoke to resident Carmel Maher (68). Pic Steve Humphreys
Emma Jane Hade

Emma Jane Hade

A WAR of words has erupted between homelessness campaigner Fr Peter McVerry and Environment Minister Alan Kelly.

The deputy leader of the Labour Party yesterday accused Fr McVerry of not having "one thing positive" to say after the campaigner described the Government's aim to eradicate homelessness by 2016 as "Alice in Wonderland politics".

Mr Kelly said that he is now "used to those comments" from Fr McVerry, adding: "I take criticism all the time, it is important that you take it and I always take what he says and use it and try and channel it."

The minister made these remarks as he visited Fr Scully House yesterday, a senior citizens' accommodation complex which reopened in Dublin's north inner city after a bitter seven-month rental dispute came to an end.

Last night, Fr McVerry said the Tipperary TD was "half correct" and admitted that Mr Kelly "has done a lot more than his predecessors have done".

"I am surrounded by homelessness all day long, and I see the difficulties and problems that they are experiencing," he added.

Irish Independent

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