Tag Archives: Homelessness

Yesterday.

In Cork city.

Simon Toussifar tweetz:

Housing crisis 2018 in Ireland. People living in tents and sleeping bags around Cork City. Its like a scene from Calcutta, so sad.


Rosie.

Written by Roddy Doyle and directed by Paddy Breathnach.

Starring Sarah Greene and Moe Dunford.

Element Pictures Distribution say:

“Rosie tells the story of a mother trying to protect her family after their landlord sells their rented home and they become homeless. Over 36 hours, Rosie and her partner John Paul strive to find somewhere to stay while shielding their young family from the reality of the situation around them. Rosie examines how even in times of crises; the love and strength of a family can endure.”

Rosie will be in cinemas from October 12.

Rosie Selected for London Film Festival – New Trailer Released (IFTN)

Yesterday: 24 More Families, 43 More Children

Previously: For Your Consideration

Eileen Gleeson, head of the Dublin Region Homeless Executive; and (top) children sleeping in Tallaght Garda station last night

Further to this morning’s story concerning a young family sleeping in Tallaght Garda station…

Eileen Gleeson, head of the Dublin Region Homeless Executive, told Claire Byrne, on RTÉ’s News at One, that no homeless person needs to sleep in a Garda station.

Ms Gleeson’s comment follows the circulation of a photograph (above) last night and this morning of children sleeping in Tallaght Garda station (a mother and her six children, aged from one to 11, slept in the station last night).

Dublin City Council confirmed earlier this morning that 10 homeless families were unable to source accommodation in Dublin last night.

Of these, the council was able to source accommodation for five of the 10 families, while one family “refused the offer of accommodation, two of the families were linked back into their region and two did not seek further assistance”.

Ms Gleeson said homeless families sleeping in Garda stations is not the norm, and that she could not verify how many families presented to Garda stations as she said it’s not the policy of the DRHE to refer homeless people to Garda stations.

She also said it would be “much better” if homeless families in need of help came forward earlier in the day as opposed to late in the evening.

Anthony Flynn, of Inner City Helping Homeless, told RTÉ’s Miriam O’Callaghan this morning that 48 families were referred to Garda stations through statutory bodies last month, and that 47 families were referred in June.

He said homeless families sleeping Garda stations is the norm.

Ms Gleeson also said that the DRHE has a “contingency plan” in place for the forthcoming visit of Pope Francis and that may include moving homeless people to accommodation outside of Dublin for one night.

From Ms Gleeson’s interview with Ms Byrne:

Eileen Gleeson: “We’re challenged on a nightly basis and on a daily basis to ensure we provide emergency accommodation for people who are in crisis situations.”

Claire Byrne: “So did you, at the Dublin Region Homeless Executive, know that this family  was going to sleep in Tallaght Garda station last night?”

Gleeson: “No, we didn’t. And we wouldn’t, it isn’t our policy to refer families to Garda stations. However the reasons for why they might end up in a Garda station or why we might ask them to verify their identity in relation, and we might send them to a Garda station, for that purpose. But we didn’t know that this particular family were going to end up in a Garda station, no.

Byrne: “So how did it happen then?”

Gleeson: “Well, I’m assuming today that they’re one of the families that didn’t seek further assistance from us late last night.”

Byrne: “Are you saying that this family  couldn’t have been accommodated if they had stayed in touch with you?”

Gleeson: “We’re always challenged in relation to finding appropriate accommodation for people and in relation to this particular family, there are large families, so there’s a challenge there as well. But if they had been, kept in touch with us, we would have continued to work with them to find appropriate accommodation for them. We did it for five of the 10 that were in trouble, late in the evening. And the others sorted themselves, one of them actually refused accommodation. So…”

Byrne: “Where did the five go that were stuck late on?”

Gleeson: “We have contingency beds and we have a large number of contingency beds in place, that we fill when families present in situations like this in crisis situations. And that’s where those five families would have gone, into those contingency beds.”

Byrne: “Can we glean from what you’re saying, that there’s no need for any family to spend a night in a Garda station?”

Gleeson: “Yes. There’s no need. We would work with them, continue to work with them, as long as it takes, to find appropriate accommodation for them. Or to link them back with the area in which they’ve come from.”

Byrne: “Sinn Féin has issued a statement today saying that 7 homeless families were referred to Garda stations last night.”

Gleeson: “We can’t verify that. We can’t verify that. We’ve heard that number…”

Byrne: “But surely you should know?”

Gleeson: “We don’t. It’s not our policy to refer families to Garda stations. What happens is the family turns up at a Garda station, the gardai will come the other way and we would know that a family is in a Garda station. But we haven’t verification that 7 families were in Garda stations last night. We have verification in relation to one.”

Byrne: “Given that you said that one family, I think you said, was it one family or two families refused the accommodation, I assume they’re the contingency beds…”

Gleeson: “One…”

Byrne: “One family. Why is that? I mean what are those contingency beds like? What sort of places are they, where families would be expected to go?”

Gleeson: “They’re either B&B type of accommodation or they’re buildings where we have beds in them. Sometimes they are communal facilities with showers adjacent to them, where we will put up emergency beds for them, temporary beds. So that we can deal with them, accommodate them over night and process them, assess them the following day.”

Byrne: “So why do you think a family would refuse to go to a contingency bed or sleeping area?”

Gleeson: “There’s no good reason why they would refuse it.”

Byrne: “But there has to be if they’re saying ‘I’m not sleeping there’. I mean what reasons are they giving you?”

Gleeson: “They didn’t feel they would go to the accommodation that was offered. That’s their choice. But they were seeking accommodation, we offered them accommodation and they refused it.”

Byrne: “Are they telling you that it’s not safe?”

Gleeson: “What’s not safe about offering somebody accommodation if the alternative is they sleep on the street?”

Byrne: “I suppose what I’m just trying to figure out is why somebody would say to you: I’ve got no bed, I’ve got nowhere to sleep tonight but I’m not going into that contingency bed that you’re offering me. I’m just wondering what it is that they perceive about that contingency space that’s not for them?”

Gleeson: “Well, maybe you should be asking that of the people who refused it because we would be of the view that any of the contingency accommodation we have meets a standard. It’s perfectly adequate and is adequate to meet the accommodation needs of somebody in an emergency situation.”

Later

Byrne: “What do you say to people who saw that picture today and felt morally outraged by it?”

Gleeson: “Well, we saw the picture ourselves. We’re all morally outraged by it. But it’s not, it’s not the norm, it shouldn’t be the norm, we should never accept it as the norm. But the Dublin Region Homeless Executive is working all of the time to ensure that people are adequately accommodated in emergency situations.

“When they arrive late in the evening, in situations like this, where there’s big families, of course we’re challenged to find accommodation that’s big enough to accommodate them. But we work and will continue to work to do that.”

Byrne: “So it would be helpful if they didn’t arrive late in the evening?”

Gleeson: “Well of course it would be. I mean it would be much better if people came earlier in the evening to us – that we could deal with it in that – but we don’t know what’s happening in people’s lives, we don’t know why they’re in a crisis situation late in the evening. But what we do know is that we have a system in place to deal with them, to flag it and to try and find appropriate accommodation for them….”

Listen back in full here

Earlier: Gut Punch

Previously: ‘Years Of Bad Behaviour’

Update:

Update:

From top: Margaret Cash and her partner John McCarthy and their children in 2015 [pic via Tallaght Echo]; Margaret, who slept in Tallaght Garda station with six of her children, last night.

Thanks Maurice at the Tallaght Echo

Caitriona Twomey, of Penny Dinners in Cork

On Friday.

Caitriona Twomey, of Penny Dinners in Cork, wrote:

We have lost four of our guys this past week, all quite young with the oldest being 52 years old and the others 20s, 30s and 40s… very young. All had addictions and mental health issues going on in their lives. Two had homes while two lived their lives on the streets as their work dried up.

“We need more services and we need them now to go right to the roots of the devastation that is becoming the norm in our city. The people of Cork, and indeed Ireland, are the most caring and helpful in the world.

“I urge all our local politicians to recognise this and to heed the strong message here. No one wants this pain. No one wants these deaths, least of all the people that are dying. Help them. Give our nurses, our gardai, our firefighters, our ambulance crews, our mental health services, our addiction services, our shelters/hostels, our defence forces, search and rescue/recovery units, etc, what they need. These are our frontline services, the people we all, at one point or another, depend on.”

Caitriona Twomey (Facebook)

Pic: Business Cork

Through The Cracks is a ten-minute film about families living in emergency accommodation in Ireland.

It’s been created by poet, visual artist and lone parent Ingrid Casey with Bold Puppy film-makers Nathan Fagan and Luke Daly and director of photography Kevin Minogue.

It will launched at Inspire Galerie on Gardiner Street this Wednesday at 6pm, followed by a panel dissuasion chaired by Clare O’Connor, the director of Inner City Helping Homelessness.

Ingrid, who gave a speech at the recent Danielle Carroll Summer School, said:

“When I became a lone parent in 2014, life was very frightening in terms of changing my housing situation and I had narrowly avoided homelessness. However, these stories in the news continued and continued, and I knew when Danielle Carroll died that I could do something, and that I had to.”

The documentary is linked with a People’s Housing Plan petition on UPLIFT calling on the Government to build more public housing and to stop its reliance on the private developers.

It can be signed here

Through The Cracks

Related: Mother who took her own life was devastated by homelessness, event hears (Kitty Holland, Irish Times)

From top: Tánaiste and former Minister for Housing Simon Coveney announcing funding as part of Rebuilding Ireland last year; Minister for Housing Eoghan Murphy at another announcement about the initiative earlier this year

Sarah Bardon, in The Irish Times, writes:

The [Rebuilding Ireland] plan, which was launched by former minister for housing Simon Coveney, aimed to eliminate homelessness and to rapidly increase the supply of housing, most particularly social housing, by 2021.

At that point, in July 2016, some 6,525 people were homeless. The average price of purchasing a home across the country was €215,000; in Dublin it was €314,311. The average rent had tipped €1,000 and there were fewer than 3,100 properties available to let nationwide.

Currently, there are 9,846 people homeless, according to the latest statistics. The average house price nationwide is €254,000; in Dublin it is €374,885.

The most recent figures show the average rent is €1,261 and there are 3,086 rental properties on the market.

Has the Government’s plan to end homelessness achieved anything? (The Irish Times)

Rollingnews

Thanks Ronan

Update:

This morning.

Government Buildings. Merrion Street, Dublin 2

Sinn Féin TDs Eoin O Broin (centre left) and David Cullinane (right) and party members ‘celebrate’ the second anniversary of ‘Rebuilding Ireland’.

Rollingnews

Luas security worker Mark Conlon, from Clondalkin, Dublin, runs 33 marathons in 33 days to raise awareness about homelessness.

Money raised by Mark will go to the Peter McVerry Trust.

In fairness.

Meanwhile…

Sinn Féin TD Eoin Ó Bróin tweetz:

Rebuilding Ireland isn’t working. Two years on & homelessness is up 50%, pensioner homelessness up 53%, child homelessness up 63%. It is time for a new plan.

The Liffey boardwalk, Dublin, earlier today.

Ultan Monahan writes:

Proclamation stuck to a bin on same the boardwalk that many Irish now call home. Was it for this?

Anyone?

Ciaran Cuffe tweetz:

In 30 years of living in Dublin’s inner city, I don’t think I’ve ever seen scenes this bleak. Homeless people from Ballyfermot, Clondalkin, north inner city and Latvia deserve better

This afternoon.

In the Dail…

Tanaiste Simon Coveney, taking Leaders’ Questions in which he was asked about homelessness, he said:

“In relation to homelessness, we are making some positive progress. Rough sleepers, for example, are down by 50%..”

Mr Coveney’s comment follows Minister for Housing Eoghan Murphy saying yesterday – on foot of the publication of February’s homeless figures:

“Recent indicators suggest that the number of people sleeping rough is significantly down on what it was last year. The Dublin Region Homeless Executive undertook a count of rough sleepers last night [Tuesday night] and while they have not yet verified all of the data, it appears the numbers are down approximately 50% on the count undertaken last November, when the figure stood at 184.”

Meanwhile, in relation to the count of people sleeping rough on Tuesday night…

Anyone?

Earlier: 9,807