The Other Side Of The Coin

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The March for the Homeless Group conducts nightly visits of people sleeping rough in Dublin.

Darren Bradley writes:

This man came up to us last evening very distressed with a €200 fine all because he dropped his last €2 on the tracks [at Tara Street station] and jumped down to get it. He was fined €100  for this act of “Trespass” and he alleges when the Garda asked for his address and he gave his family address the Garda told him that was a false address and fined him another €100…
The man was unaware that he was committing these offences he was just trying to get his €2 back as this is a lot to him….

Previously: Watching Over Them

40 thoughts on “The Other Side Of The Coin

  1. Christopher

    Oh please! He saw 2 euro in the train tracks and he got down to get it putting himself in mortal danger! Just because you are homeless doesnt mean you can do stupid things that could scar a train driver and their passengers for life so you can get 2 euro for a “hostel”.

  2. MrGavoB

    He “was unaware that he was committing these offences”. That’s fine then. Ignorance of the law should always allow you to do what you want.

  3. Jonotti

    Gardai don’t issue fines for supplying false addresses either. This story stinks. A typical McVerry type tall tale.

  4. fluffybiscuits

    The man needs every penny, it could mean the difference between not eating and eating. When some of you are perched in your ivory towers its hard to think about those below. To those castigating the man, you are the scum…

    1. Kieran NYC

      Since you feel so strongly about everything, when are you going to run for whatever party Paul Murphy is now aligned with?

  5. Raskolnikov

    I’m outraged at this. Those signs must be changed immediately. The law must be changed, only those that can afford to pay the fines are not allowed down on to the tracks.

  6. Avon Barksdale

    What a dirtbag. Let’s all deny him the benefit of the doubt because we have no idea what it’s like to walk in his filthy shoes *spits at monitor*

  7. AngryArb

    He’s not going to pay the fine anyway so who really cares? Fine him a thousand quid while you’re at it. End result still the same

  8. Fergalito

    Fair play to him getting off paying a fine because he’s homeless and almost penniless. Lucky bastard. Wish I had was as fortunate as him.

    1. Kieran NYC

      Most people didn’t seem to care until the man died near the Dail and saw an excuse to give the government a good kicking.

      It’s almost like they think Joan Burton polishes up her knuckle duster every night and gets a few digs in to people sleeping in doorways.

      Homelessness is a complicated problem. It has always been a problem to varying degrees before and apart from tut-tuting at the person on O’Connell Bridge, most people haven’t seemed to care.

      1. jungleman

        Well said. There’s undoubtedly a homelessness problem in Dublin but if the State provide a bed for each of them and they choose to continue sleeping in the street and asking for change for a hostel, what more can be done? At some point you have to say these people are responsible fir their own circumstances.

        This march for the homeless crowd are disingenuous I suspect. Last week they were campaigning about some family living in a bush. I would not be surprised if they had left out some major detail about the options available to the family.

        While the stats say hundreds of children are homeless in Ireland today, the truth is that they are all being put up by the State in hotels, hostels or b&bs. This fact is invariably ignored by groups like March for the homeless, who have no interest in the truth as it affects their ability to play the victim card.

        1. Nigel

          It’s so reassuring that there are people too cute to get caught out by the cheeky shenanigans of those sly jokers living on the streets or in hostels or B&Bs. Obviously the important thing about bad cases that draw media attention is the nature of that media attention and the way it’s cynically exploited to draw attention to the larger problems. Can’t be letting people get one over on you like that! They’re not homeless if they’re living in a hostel or a B&B!

          1. Lilly

            Ah come on Jungleman, a family living in a hotel room do not have a home in any language. No fridge, no cooking facilities, no washing machine… we all know what a home looks like and that’s not it.

          2. jungleman

            “Homeless” implies living on the street. If a family is in a hotel it is not living on the street. Last year a woman claimed she had to live in her car with her children. It turned out her story was full of holes and she had chosen to live in the car over accommodation in Kildare.

          3. jungleman

            I’m not denying that there is a problem, merely pointing out that the publications of some of these chip on the shoulder groups should be taken with a grain of salt.

            The State last year undertook to provide a bed for every homeless person in the country. Yet there are still hundreds of people begging for “money for a hostel”.

  9. D2dweller

    Hmm stupid thing to do and he deserves a bollocking and caution from the Garda…but it’s pointless giving him a fine for jumping on the tracks.

    The fine for providing a false address is a strange one though. Never heard of that before.

      1. D2dweller

        I kind of agree with you…just doesn’t sound likely. Also..what guard would even bother writing a ticket to a homeless lad. Sure he’s only creating pointless paperwork for himself

  10. Lilly

    As KieranNYC said upthread, homelessness is a complicated problem, usually – though not always – intertwined with mental illness and psychological trauma. But lately it seems entire families are becoming homeless because of the incompetence of our elected representatives.

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