All Pod Cons


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A homeless ‘shelter pod’ placed on Molesworth Street, Dublin (top) and being removed this morning (above)

You may recall how on the morning of February 15, 2016, homeless campaign group Gimme Shelter Ireland erected four ‘shelter pods’ across Dublin.

One was placed outside the Central Bank on Dame Street; one opposite the Dáil on Molesworth Street, next to where Jonathan Corrie died in December 2014; one beside Busáras facing the Custom House; and one on O’Connell Street.

The pod placed outside the Central Bank was removed later that day.

Further to this…

Seán Kenehan, in Lovin’ Dublin, writes:

A homeless ‘shelter pod’ on Molesworth Street was demolished and removed by the council in the early hours of this morning.

It had been home to Columb Fogarty, a homeless writer who just last night detailed his experience living on the streets in an article he wrote for Lovin Dublin.

Columb was given just five minutes to clear out when the removal happened suddenly at 7am – and some of his belongings were still in the shelter when it was destroyed.

This homeless ‘shelter pod’ outside the Dáil was destroyed by the council this morning (Lovin’ Dublin)

Previously: For Pod’s Sake

Pics: Rabble and Lovin’ Dublin

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30 thoughts on “All Pod Cons

    1. Rob_G

      You’re right; the fact that some people are homeless means that nothing has improved in the past 5 years.

      1. ahyeah

        Not just “some” – more than three times as many people are homeless now as five years ago, actually. And that does suggest that something’s not right.

      2. rory

        Jaypers. Did you actually know about the homelessness figures before you made that statement?

  1. Anomanomanom

    I’m sorry to say this but I’m glad. They built*great idea by the way* these pods where they knew they would get the most “news worthy” response. I understand the think behind the placement but did you really think the pods could stay

    1. ahyeah

      Yeah, imagine that!! Engaging in a non-violent, publicity-savvy stunt in an effort to shame the authorities into doing what they should have done long ago. It’s a disgrace, actually.

          1. ahyeah

            “I’m glad” + “did they really think the pods could stay”

            It’s you who missed the point

  2. Medium Sized C

    They couldn’t let him take his stuff out?
    They had to use a frickin digger arm?

    I can understand them destroying the pods.
    I don’t agree but I can understand it.
    But be a damn human.

    1. dav

      it’s the view from the top down, the government view the homeless as sub-human (one could argue that this is a view held by many of the rich). It’s no surprise that the local authority would act in the same way.

  3. joe

    Lovin Dublin, that famous friend of drug addicts, drunks and beggars, is concerned about the homeless? don’t make me fupping laugh

  4. Tish Mahorey

    The financial and political class don’t want to see the homeless.

    They want to give something to charity but they don’t want to SEE the homeless OK?

    And they don’t want their tax to go towards building social housing for the people they employ on zero hour contracts.

  5. D2dweller

    It’s a shame however the rise in homelessness and subsequent increase media attention is getting exploited by ALOT of chancers. Walked through town yesterday and counted three lads begging while on mobile phones.

    Saw a van pull up outside dunnes on George’s st 3 weekends ago and a team of 5/6 women with matching dogs all hop out and assemble on the best vantage points with sleeping bags in hands. All orchestrated by one burly looking guy telling each one which atm to sit at. These are all irish too! By just walking around the city and looking at the people begging, the brand new footwear, the dogs all from the same litter, the mobile phones in hand, you quickly start to doubt just how true this homeless crisis is.

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