New Bishop of Ossory calls for end to homelessness during his ordination in Kilkenny cathedral

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New Bishop of Ossory calls for end to homelessness during his ordination in Kilkenny cathedral

Bishop Dermot Farrell

A powerful message was directed this afternoon from the new Bishop of Ossory to politicians to address the homelessness crisis.

Bishop Dermot Farrell who was ordained this afternoon at St Mary's Cathedral called on those in power to 'act with urgency' in tackling the issue in his welcoming address to the congregation.

"Coming to Kilkenny, I am conscious of the wonderful work accomplished here over the generations, to offer a life with dignity to every person in our communities. Today, it is surely not an impossible dream to hope that no person, particularly no child, in this country would be left homeless or go to bed hungry. I am thinking not only of those in hotel rooms, but also of our immigrants in detention centres and direct provision — every one of them precious to God. With more than 3,000 children in this country who have no place they can call their home, with families who do not have a front door to call their own, who have no family table -- do we not have an obligation to call those in political leadership, who hold power and carry responsibility, to act with urgency, for the wellbeing of our sisters and brothers?," he said.

During the ordination, Father Dan Cavanagh delivered a homily and extended a warm welcome to Bishop Farrell on behalf of the people of Ossory.

"We pray, Dermot, that you will trust our friendship and that as we work together you will find that we want what you want for our diocese.

 "We thank you for taking on the challenge of becoming our bishop."

Fr Cavanagh also paid tribute to Bishop Farrell, Laurence Forristal and Seamus Freeman.