A man who had been known to homeless services was discovered unresponsive in the area around the Four Courts on Monday evening
“The latest two deaths in Dublin bring to 7 the number of people sleeping rough that have died in the past 12 weeks, said the Peter McVerry Trust,
“We calling on the Government to commit to housing every person currently sleeping rough in Dublin by the end of next year.”
The charity said there are currently just over 180 people sleeping rough on the streets of Dublin and called on the Government to “commit to ring-fencing 180 social housing units for our most vulnerable citizens.”
A person sleeps in a shop doorway on Grafton Street, Dublin on Wednesday night
Inner City Helping Homeless writes:
A report issued this morning by Inner City Helping Homeless Outreach Coordination stated that an “unprecedented” number of homeless individuals sleeping on Dublin’s streets last night were afraid to access homeless services.
And as little as 6 per cent of those engaged managed to enter accommodation after 11pm.
Up to 56 per cent refused to engage with emergency accommodation. A shocking 99 individuals presented as homeless last night with 85 males and 14 females – a 10 per cent increase on the previous night.
Chief executive of ICHH Anthony Flynn states:
“Outreach teams found last night particularly difficult, the weather being a serious cause for concern. The unprecedented number of people on the streets in such harsh conditions is totally intolerable.”
“Up to 56 per cent of those engaged refused to enter emergency accommodation citing fear of being robbed or sub-standard accommodation conditions.”
“The fear of someone freezing to death is quite worrying.”
“A roundtable discussion is now warranted, and fears that are instilled in those who are refusing to enter accommodation needs be uplifted.”
Francis Doherty, of the Peter McVerry Trust, writes:
“We have produced a new infographic that looks at our cold weather initiative during winter 13/14. Weather figures are for Dublin city because it is the location for majority of rough sleepers in Ireland.”