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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 today, the homeless crisis in Ireland seems to be getting worse. There was a time in Ireland when a homeless person typically that of a male or a female over the age of 18. Today, we have families with young children, placed in emergency accommodation and practically forgotten about. Living in cramped accomodation consisting of one room to eat, wash, and sleep.

6,847 people are homeless here in Ireland as it currently stands and out of that figure 2,470 are children. These figures were sourced from the Peter McVerry Trust. You may recall early this year when we had a general election in Ireland, Enda Kenny stating Ireland was recovering from the recession and that we were back on track, if this was true how come we still have so many people living on our streets?

If our government could invest millions of Euro’s into the setting up of Irish Water (IW) How come they couldn’t do that with the homeless?

It makes me very sad to think that our current acting serving government have not done anything positive to tackle our homeless crisis. They did have some modular houses built north of Dublin City, in a place called Ballymun, but its not enough to meet the demand, its not even enough to match the huge waiting list on our housing authorities, in fact its not even enough to tackle the figures sleeping rough on our streets, if it did maybe we would be looking at a new picture today instead of the bleak picture we see everyday. Folks something needs to be done sooner than later.

As I said it is approaching the 2nd anniversary of Mr. Corrie’s death, should we let his passing make a stand here in Ireland when it comes to homeless.

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