Politicians should visit Capuchin Day Centre, not New York
Redirecting the cost of the recent trip to New York to tackling poverty and promoting sustainable development (Irish Independent, September 25) would have done much to alleviate poverty in Ireland, whose roots lie in unsustainable greed. The Irish delegation would have been more informed and inspired by a day spent with Brother Kevin Crowley at the Capuchin Day Centre in Dublin, foregoing the New York outing and donating the money saved to the centre.
A defining characteristic of Irish political life has always been the subtle ways the rich succeed in influencing government policy in order to protect their wealth while the cry of the poor goes unheard. Big business has for years been driving government policy and practice.
Our rulers' worship of the free market, growth and low inflation services rather than solves homelessness and poverty. Additionally, the lowering of taxes for the better-off has weakened concern for infrastructure and access to education. This drift in economic thinking reflects the preferences of the rich, leaving the rest to live in hope or succumb to despair.