Sinn Féin spokesperson for Arts, Heritage, Tourism and Sports, Sandra McLellan TD, has commended the organisers of the Big Issue Homeless Leagues, and has called on the Government to consider hosting the Homeless World Cup in future.
Deputy McLellan was speaking after taking part in an awareness raising football match yesterday evening, between Parliamentarians and Leinster House staff, which was won by the Parliamentarians.
“The Street leagues and the Homeless World Cup is a fantastic opportunity for people who have been marginalised by society, to compete, and bring pride to their communities and their families. We have seen the performances of Irish teams in the Homeless World Cup improve year on year, but at a local level, these leagues do tremendous good, and I am delighted to have the opportunity to support these competitions this evening.
“Particularly in this time where homelessness is as big a problem as ever, it is timely to consider how much those who are homeless can offer our society.
“I have previously made the point that hosting the Homeless World Cup would send out an excellent message of inclusion to the homeless community in these difficult times. Ireland is more than capable of hosting it, and I again call on Minister Ring to consider supporting such an initiative.”