Dublin event marks day for eradicating poverty

Thursday 17 October 2013 20.43
Poor people in Ireland face discrimination on a daily basis, according to the organisers
Poor people in Ireland face discrimination on a daily basis, according to the organisers

Hundreds of people have marked the UN Day for the Eradication of Poverty in one of central Dublin's most marginalised communities.

The event took place near the Famine Memorial on Custom House Quay.

Organisers of the event said poor people in Ireland face discrimination on a daily basis and are excluded from the policy-making process that affects them.

Sean Dunne of the North West Inner City Training and Development Project said that too often there is a failure to value and act upon the unique knowledge of people based on their own experience of living in the worst conditions, over several generations in many cases.

He said this often results in anti-poverty policies and programmes being ill-adapted to the needs, realities and expectations of the people they are supposed to help.

The commemoration, attended by Dublin's Lord Mayor Oisín Quinn, heard personal testimonies from people experiencing poverty.

The event was organised by activists and community groups, home school liaison officers and members of various organisations.

Keywords: poverty