Non-profit organisation You’re Not Alone writes:
“[Last night] we looked after 189 of our homeless friends – everybody got loads of food and plenty of clothing to keep them going through the night.”
Meanwhile on RTÉ’s Morning Ireland this morning, Mike Allen, director of advocacy at Focus Ireland, was asked if it’s known how many people are sleeping rough in Dublin, following the official rough sleeper count which was carried out on Monday.
Mr Allen said:
“Well the official count was done earlier in the week and, for reasons which are, always baffle everybody every time, they take a very long time to actually come out with the figure. In this case, I wouldn’t put too much, it’s not a conspiracy, because I believe the figure is going to be significantly lower. It’s bound to be lower because we just opened 100 new beds, emergency beds with the cold weather initiative and those beds were open by the time the rough sleeper count was done. And so there’s 100 people who will have emergency accommodation rather than be on the street which is good news. You’re probably talking about… Focus Ireland street team works with the Peter McVerry Trust every day, every night on the street – they would estimate that, before those beds opened, there were about 160 people sleeping rough. So it’s likely to be around 60. So that’s a significant drop in rough sleeping over the year.”
Listen back to interview in full here
Previously: ‘A Year On… The Situation Is Much, Much Worse’