Independent TD Mattie McGrath has defended Fr Peter McVerry’s assessment of recent Government efforts to address the homelessness and housing crisis. Deputy McGrath made his comments after Environment Minister Alan Kelly issued a withering rebuke to the veteran campaigner, describing him as less than fair and overly pessimistic:
‘It is astonishing to witness a Minister who is less than eight months in office condemn the experience and insight of a man whose entire life has been addressed to the problem of homelessness.
But I suppose not listening is practically a virtue for this Government.
Shatter did not listen to the whistle blowers, Reilly did not listen to GP’s, Hogan dismissed rural Ireland. So in that regard he fits right in at the Cabinet table.
Minister Kelly seems more aggrieved that Fr McVerry is not publicly lauding him, or recognising him as the great man, but is choosing instead to speak uncomplimentary truths about the Governments housing and homelessness strategy.
Since this is the kind of unconflicted relationship with the truth that has eluded Labour since they took office, it is no wonder Minister Kelly is deeply uncomfortable with Fr McVerry’s analysis, ‘ concluded Deputy McGrath.