Spend €20m on homes in­stead of a pa­pal visit

Irish Examiner - - Opinion -

Arch­bishop Diar­muid Martin, has said that the visit of Pope Fran­cis to Ire­land will cost around €20m, he will visit all man­ner of holy places and will even visit the Ca­puchin Day Cen­tre for home­less peo­ple. What good will this ac­tu­ally do? Yes a bit of pub­lic­ity to raise the is­sue of home­less­ness but what prac­ti­cal good will his visit ac­tu­ally do?

Here’s an idea though: Why not tell Fran­cis to stay at home? The Church has plenty of land; let’s put that €20m to good use by build­ing 200 three­bed­room houses on var­i­ous sites owned by the Church around the coun­try to ac­tu­ally help the home­less, in­stead of just talk­ing about help­ing them which both the Gov­ern­ment and the Church are mas­ters at do­ing, those 200 houses could and would house be­tween 800 and 1,000 peo­ple. Nes­bitt Crowne

Pic­nic Cliff Kin­sale

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