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Challenging Poverty


Authors of "Challenging Poverty in Northern Ireland", Dr Gabrielle Nig Uidhir, Professor Peter Finn & Rev Dr Niall Coll with BBC Radio Ulster's Conor Bradford


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Authors of ‘Challenging Poverty in Northern Ireland’, Dr Gabrielle Nig Uidhir, Professor Peter Finn and Rev Dr Niall Coll, pictured with BBC Radio Ulster’s Conor Bradford at the launch of the Report in Belfast City Hall. Dr Gerard McCann is also one of the authors.

The Report was produced by the Northern Ireland Catholic Council on Social Affairs, St Vincent de Paul and St Mary’s. Speaking at the launch, Bishop of Down and Connor Dr Noel Treanor said financial despair was widespread, particularly as Christmas nears.

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“People are worried. Confidence is low. Hope in the future is in short supply,” he said.


“There are few postcodes in Northern Ireland today where there is not some family living in fear of the next bill, of not being able to heat the house, of not having enough money for Christmas presents for the children, or of not having food on the table at the end of the month.

This is the new and stark dimension of the poverty in our midst.”

The authors hope their work will assist the volunteers of St Vincent de Paul and other volunteers working on poverty alleviation.