The International Day for the Eradication of Poverty takes place this October 17 and once again, Dublin will be one Irish venue participating in global events to mark the day.

Fr Peter McVerry SJ will lead a gathering of people at the city’s Famine memorial in the shadow of the International Financial Services Centre to show solidarity with the world’s poor, especially with young adults whose daily struggle against poverty and exclusion is a struggle for the respect of their human rights. It is the intention of ATD Fourth World-Ireland, the event’s organisers, that ”their voices will be heard in stories of struggle, friendship and courage” during the day.

A message composed for the worldwide event, formulated in Paris at a meeting of 300 young people, including Irish, in July will be read out at all international venues taking part in Poverty Day, and will be delivered to the European Parliament in Brussels. In their message, the young people state: ”We are citizens of all ages who dream of a fairer world. We must come together to make it possible.” In the run-up to the event, between October 13 -17, people living in extreme poverty share their life in A Living Word at 6.40am on RTÉ Radio One. To follow worldwide events for Poverty Day, log on to www.oct17.org