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The right to adequate housing is outlined in Article 25 (1) of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and supported in Catholic Social Teaching, notably in Pope John XIII's enumeration of fundamental human rights in his 1963 Encyclical Letter Pacem in Terris(11). It is central to the protection of human dignity as so many other rights depend on having a secure home, such as health, education and work. Homelessness and housing insecurity have a major impact on wellbeing, affecting health, relationships, access to education and employment and a person's ability to participate in society and contribute to the community
Pushing people to the margins of our society
Some groups of people experience particular obstacles in accessing housing, which can lead to feelings of isolation, alienation and a perception of rejection by society. The tragic loss of life experienced in the Travelling community in October this year highlighted the particular vulnerability of many Traveller families resulting from the failure to honour commitments to address the cultural needs of that community in relation to housing. The outpouring of concern in the wake of this tragedy needs to be followed by urgent action to ensure the safety of families.
The Parish of the Travelling People extend their deepest sympathies to the Connors, Lynch and Gilbert families on their tragic loss of their loved one in the horrific fire in Carrickmines on Saturday morning, October 10th.
Our prayers and thoughts are with the families and all those who have been affected by this terrible tragedy. Fr Derek Farrell, Parish of the Travelling People, said the enormous scale of the tragedy has spread shockwaves across the whole country. "The extended family, the Traveller community, which is very close-knit, and the wider community is feeling the enormity of this and the pain of it."
The Parish of the Travelling People have opened a book of condolences in St Peter's Church, Phibsborough, which can be signed by anyone who wants to leave messages of support to the families of the victims.
Southside Traveller Action Group, in partnership with the Parish of the Travelling People, are holding a Candlelight vigil at 7.30pm tonight (Wed, Oct 14th) outside the Site in Carrickmines, where the tragedy happened, and invite anyone who wish to show their support for the families affected by the fire last Saturday.
Garda will be assisting traffic in the area and supporting the coordination of the vigil on Glenamuck Road.
For those who would like make a donation, the St. Vincent De Paul have set up the Carrickmines Tragedy Fund, in Dundrum AIB. BIC 93-31-20, IBAN No. IE38AIBK93312016005289.
People have contacted the parish about how to assist the families affected by the Carrickmines tragedy. Donations can be made through the Saint Vincent De Paul.
Details for donations to the St Vincent de Paul – Carrickmines Tragedy Fund are below:
Sort Code: 93-31-20
Account Number: 16005280