#Homelessness


A Christmas Carol

A Christmas Carol production took place in The Dolours Church in Dolphins Barn over the weekend. Fr. Peter McVerry gave a moving speech to the crowd about the devastating effects of the homelessness crisis we have in Ireland. The production was a delight to see and showcased the wonderful talents of... 

Homelessness Crisis

Thursday 1st December 2016 will mark the second death anniversary of the Irish homeless man- Mr. Jonathan Corrie, who died on a door step near the Dail in Dublin. This man’s tragic death caused a huge media outcry and many a voice spoke out demanding to address the homeless crisis. Sadly in our society... 

How Does It Feel To Be On The Streets?

Walking down the street, Late at night Not feeling wrong, not feeling right I don’t know where I am going, but I am not going home Walking down the road Thinking in my head Not wanting very much Clean sheets and a bed Walking down a lane, one of the many but they all look the same A dead end, or a... 

Lord Mayor Proposes A Solution To Unfair Evictions

Lord Mayor of Dublin Brendan Carr spoke out about the unfair evictions of tenants in Dublin recently. This is a message he sent out today, his solution to the immediate problem is: “There is a growing problem in Dublin that some unscrupulous landlords are exploiting tenants by evicting them from their... 

Action Plan for Housing & Homelessness

Yesterday the Government launched “Rebuilding Ireland – an Action Plan for Housing and Homelessness”. The “Plan” is to build more homes, utilise existing housing, improve the rental sector, address homelessness and accelerate social housing. An Taoiseach, Mr. Enda Kenny,... 

Anti – Homelessness March

We have a serious problem regarding homelessness in Ireland today. It’s heartbreaking to witness people and families struggling to keep a roof under their heads. Should banks be allowed to evict tenants regardless if they have a contract with an ex landlord? Why put out a family on the streets... 

Homeless in Dublin Winter Count 2015

Homeless in Dublin Winter Count 2015 On the 30th November 2015, 120 volunteers and staff from homeless services, took to the streets of Dublin to count those who are sleeping rough. The number have certainly gone down since 2014; it has been estimated that it has gone down by 54%. The official count... 

St Catherine’s Gate Vigil

St Catherine’s Gate Vigil In modern Ireland, people who are serving time in prison have rights. They are entitled to receive a visit from a loved one, to be safe, to have shelter over their heads, as it should be, for everyone should have these basic rights. In the emergency accommodation units... 

Empty Council Houses Unfit for Homeless?

Empty Council Houses Unfit for Homeless? A home is more than a place of shelter and comfort. It is a place where a person feels safe, loved and content, as the old saying goes ‘home is where the heart is’. So knowing this, it saddens me to hear the news that another homeless man has died... 

A Christmas Tale 27/12/13

A Christmas Tale 27/12/13 Once on a lonely winters night The snow blew all around The silent night was very still As the flakes piled on the ground An old man he lay motionless In an archway wet and damp With a blanket wrapped around him A silhouette beneath a lamp He huddled there to keep warm In his... 

Homeless In Dublin: One Man’s Real-Life Story

Have you ever been homeless? I was in the summer of 2006, and it wasn’t a great situation to be in, in fact, it was the loneliest time of my life. I was actually put out of the family home and I sought help from the outreach services which are run by the Dublin Simon Community, they put me in touch... 

Mary Hayes Interview – Beech/Maple House Homeless Hostels

Hello my name is Alan Finn from the Fountain News and I’m joined with Mary Hayes, from Beech House, a mixed hostel for homeless people, and Maple house a male homeless hostel for over 18’s, over on the north of the city. Note from editor: This was originally published as part of our March 2011... 

The Future of St Catherine’s Foyer – Public Meeting (Oct 24)

A Public meeting will be held Thursday 24th October in St Catherine’s Sports Centre at 8:00PM to discuss with the Peter McVerry Trust the future of St Catherine’s Foyer under their management. This meeting is the end point of consultations between the Trust and the Fairness 4D8 Young People... 

Poets Corner: To The Outsiders

To the people with their piercing eyes, the ones who try to look in to me not meet my gaze, I didn’t want to end up on the streets I just lost my ways To the people who speak with their eyes, this was never meant to happen to me, it wasn’t in one of my dreams I became homeless after I lost my home,... 

Protest Planned For St Catherines Sports Centre on Monday

The following is a press release from the Fairness 4 D8 Young People action group relating to controversial new plans for St Catherines Centre. PRESS RELEASE: Unregistered homeless to be accommodated alongside vulnerable young people in Dublin The Foyer is a Dublin 8 project that has successfully been... 

Interview: Peter McVerry – The Champion of Dublin’s Homeless

I = Interviewer (Alan Finn) R = Respondent (Fr Mc Verry) When you’re homeless you either sink or swim, when I was homeless I swam. By being homeless I got all the info on who helps who, cheap places to eat, places you can call home etc etc. I have often heard of Fr Peter Mc Verry but I have never... 

New Government Policy Aims To End Homelessness By 2016

A new policy statement released by the Government sets out a plan to end long term homelessness in Ireland by 2016. The ‘Homelessness Policy Statement‘ was launched at the Custom House by the Minister for Housing and Planning, Jan O’Sullivan, last Thursday. These new guidelines aim... 

The Night Bus For Homeless People Was Cancelled

I would just like to take a minute to talk about the various recent developments in the homeless situation in Dublin, if you know someone in a position where this information could be useful, please don’t hesitate to send this information on. In recent weeks it has come to my attention that The Night... 
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