Throughout the Christmas period, the work of the four Dublin local authorities and state-funded services will continue to provide emergency accommodation and support services for over 3,500 adults and children , every night, right across the Dublin region. This is a 71% increase in adults and children using our services, since November 2014.
If you are at risk of sleeping rough:
Contact the Housing First Service on 086 813 9015 from 7am until 11am This service is the official on-street response team to assist you if you are at risk of rough sleeping. Please contact the service immediately and be aware that if you are outside the city centre area, transport will be available to bring you to accommodation if you need it.
We would also like to appeal to members of the public to contact the service on www.homelessdublin.ie if they meet a person who is rough sleeping. The website provides a quick link to be completed, that will immediately alert the Housing First Service to the location of the person who might be sleeping rough.
If you are in need of emergency accommodation:
If your tenancy has ended and you are in need of emergency accommodation over the Christmas period from December 25th 2015 until January 3rd 2016 please contact Dublin City Council’s Homeless FREEPHONE on 1800 707 707. This service will be available everyday from 10am until 2am.
If you are in a family and accomodated in a commercial hotel:
The four Dublin local authorities have been contingency planning since October 2015 to ensure that the placements for households that are currently accommodated in commercial hotels can be extended through the Christmas period into early January 2016, whilst daily local authority placement offices are not open.Where hotels are closing for the Christmas period, alternative placements have been put in place.This information has been communicated to all relevant families, however we would appeal again to families to contact 1800 707 707 if they are concerned about their placement.
If you are renting and worried about losing your home:
If you are worried about your lease ending before Christmas or early in the new year, the Dublin local authorities would urge you to contact their dedicated Tenancy Protection Service, provided by Threshold on 1800 454 454 as soon as you feel your tenancy is at risk.
Annual Christmas Day dinner
The Knights of Columbanus continue to host the annual Christmas Day Dinner in the RDS, Ballsbridge, Anglesea Road Entrance. A free bus service is provide to and from the RDS every 20 minutes from 9.30am from three pick up points; Mansion House -Dawson Street, Dublin 2, Four Courts – Inns Quay, Dublin 1 and Clery’s Clock – O’ Connell Street, Dublin 1
There are a range of day services that are available and open throughout the Christmas period including;Capuchin Day Centre – 29 Bow Street, Dublin 7; Merchants Quay Day Service and Night Café – Riverbank, 4 Merchants Quay, Dublin 8 and Focus Ireland Coffee Shop – 15 Eustace Street, Temple Bar, Dublin 2
The new monkey bar-free ‘play amenity area’ in Bishop Street Flat Complex, Dublin 8.
Sinéad Murphy, of Dublin City Council writes:
This newly designed space offers children and young people in the local area, a new form of free play which has an emphasis on imagination and social interaction, rather than the traditional swings and slides.
The new play area has carefully planned installations including hills and mounds, a stage area and a giant blackboard and mud kitchen. There is ample space for wheeled play, street games and imaginative free play. The focal point of this amenity is the giant picnic table where many social interactions can take place, sitting or chatting or just enjoying the new space.
The redevelopment of Bishop Street play area is part of ‘Outside the Box’ project. This cost effective and innovative project re-imagines and redesigns local spaces and places for play where children can experience and enjoy self directed free play that supports their learning, growth and development….
Dublin City Councillor Tina MacVeigh, of People Before Profit, top, at Dublin City Council meeting last night
Dublin City Councillor Éilis Ryan, of the Workers’ Party, writes:
“Last night Dublin City Councillors guillotined through, without debate, three emergency motions supporting the building of modular housing and the suspension of normal planning and procurement procedures in order to do this.”
“Fine Gael, Labour and Sinn Fein refused to allow debate on the motions, and refused requests to hold an emergency meeting to allow proper discussion of this critical issue. Modular housing should certainly be considered as part of overall attempts to address the housing crisis; but not by making those who are currently homeless even more vulnerable by rushing through ill-thought-out proposals.”
Meanwhile, on Berkeley Street, Dublin 7…
The Peter McVerry Trust has opened Ireland’s first youth café for children and young people who are homeless, or at risk of becoming homeless.
This is a ploy that was widely used in the past by car manufacturers but is now mainly used by property developers. It should never be used as a basis for solving traffic problems.
Dublin City Council will vote on a motion calling for the repeal of the 8th Amendment, in a motion proposed by Anti-Austerity Alliance Councillor Michael O’Brien.
Further to this, the Abortion Rights Campaign writes:
ARC is asking you today to write/email/ring/text your local Councillors urging them to support this motion to hold a referendum to repeal the 8th.
A sample email is below, though we encourage you to personalize your message and include your address so that your Councillor knows they are hearing from a local constituent.
Dear Councillor ______________, I’m writing to urge you to vote in support of the motion proposed to hold a referendum to repeal the 8th Amendment of the Constitution. Though the motion is non-binding, it is an important statement of consensus from our capital city. The 8th Amendment poses a direct risk to the health and lives of women and girls in Ireland and must be repealed as a matter of urgency. One opinion poll after another shows that the Irish people are calling for a referendum to repeal the 8th. We are asking you to represent our voices at the council meeting tonight. Regards,
Pantibar on Capel Street, Dublin 1 with its newly erected sign in March
The Herald reports:
“…the Herald can reveal that a warning letter was issued by Dublin City Council (DCC) at the end of March following complaints to the city’s planning department suggesting that the sign contravened planning permission. A spokesperson confirmed that a warning was issued under Section 152 of the Planning Act and that the matter was being “actively pursued”.”
“When contacted by the Herald, Mr O’Neill declined to comment on the matter. The performer will now have a chance to argue his case with city planners but, if DCC rules that it does breach the bar’s planning permission, it is likely that it will have to be taken down. The costs incurred by DCC, if an enforcement order is issued, may also have to be covered by the Irish gay community’s icon.”