Tag Archives: Homelessness

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.


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?


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…


Earlier: 9,807


The Department of Housing released the latest homeless figures for February 2018.

They show that, in the final week of February, there were 9,807 people accessing emergency accommodation.

This figure of 9,807 comprised of 6,052 adults and 3,755 children.

It also includes 1,739 families.

In January, the total figure was 9,113 – comprised of 5,837 adults, 3,276 children and 1,517 families.

Read the official report for February’s figures here





December report here
January report here


There you go now.


Mattie McGrath (Facebook)

Anthony Flynn of Inner City Helping Homeless tweetz:

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Anthony Flynn, of Inner City Helping Homelessness, tweetz:

Homelessness is costing the state more year on year with no real-end results in fixing the problem. We cannot continue to continuously spend these excessive amounts without seeing the direction of the crisis change!

Earlier: ‘I’ve No Evidence In My Department’

Readers may recall how The Irish Times yesterday published comments made by the outgoing chairman of the Housing Agency Conor Skehan.

Mr Skehan said some families living in emergency accommodation may be “gaming the system” by declaring themselves homeless in order to be moved up the housing waiting list.

Further to this…

At a meeting of the National Emergency Co-ordination Group this morning to review the impact of Storm Eleanor, in which Mr Murphy told journalists there was adequate preparation for the storm…

Housing Minister Eoghan Murphy also told reporters he has seen no evidence of the so-called “gaming”, claimed by Mr Skehan, in his department.



Related: Families in emergency housing ‘may be gaming the system’ (The Irish Times, January 2, 2018)

Pics: Dept of Housing


Dublin filmaker Paul Butler Lennox writes:

Thirty years ago, on New Year’s Eve 1987, Pete St John, poet and songwriter (of Fields of Athenry fame) wrote and performed ‘A Dublin Poem’ on the Late Late Show on the eve of Dublin’s Millennium in 1988 reflecting on Dublin’s progress.

I felt compelled and inspired to make something to contribute to the issue of homelessness in this country by making this visual poem to accompany Pete’s incredible work.

Thanks Paul