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Peter McVerry in the thick of things

pmcv_01The Connaught Tribune reports a moving lecture given in Ballinasloe by Peter McVerry on the scourge of drug abuse in Irish life. He buries, on average, one young person a month killed by drugs. During the week Peter also tackled the Government on its unfair response to the economic crisis, because it was unwilling to ask the wealthy to contribute in proportion to their resources.  “In effect the poor can’t pay, but those who can aren’t being asked to. People who are poor or vulnerable have little or no influence on policy, and those who make the decisions reflect the views and interests of the better-off sections of our society.”