No Homeless Here

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Last night.

GPO, O’Connell Street, Dublin

Inner City Helping Homeless writes:

Last night Dublin’s GPO was manned by four members of An Garda Siochana. The purpose, to stop Homeless individuals from bedding down outside. On arrival tonight Inner City Helping Homeless Outreach teams met “John” who normally beds down in front of the GPO for shelter and some form of safety to be informed “No Homeless Here”.

He said: “It’s all because of the week that is in it, nobody wants tourists seeing Homeless outside the GPO, Where else am I supposed to go they won’t give me a bed. I’ve slept here every night for months…”

ICHH Director Anthony Flynn who was at the GPO with the Outreach Team, added;

“This is an unbelievable situation, we come across regular clients here nightly who wait for our teams to come for some support. To see resources such as four Gardaí to man a building so government can save face is shocking. Open beds and accommodate these people need.

Instead, they are being pushed from the area to put on a front for the tourism industry. We have a chronic rough sleeper problem in central Dublin and the answer is not to move the problem on, but to actually address the issue head on. Central government cannot keep trying to disguise the issue“.

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85 thoughts on “No Homeless Here

    1. Anomanomanom

      Exactly. But the last thing tourists want to see are strung out or drunk homeless. Now I know not all homeless are like this, but that area of dublin is full of junkies who sleep rough morning and night.

  1. Jake38

    Everyone puts on a front for the tourism indistry. That “front” ensures the livliehoods of thousands of people in Ireland.

  2. Funster Fionnanánn

    The homeless in Dublin are an embarrassment. The junkies in Dublin are an embarrassment. The little kids in Dublin that are more intimidating then a large bear are embarrassing.

    Dublin is as rough as fook. And people living there seem to not care.

    And no, it doesn’t “happen in all big cities”. You coffee drinking, IPA talking, BTA bore.

    1. Joe Small

      I don’t believe its from a lack of policing either. I hardly saw a policeman over a week in Berlin and yet I had never felt safer in a capital city.

      1. Robert

        That’s funny when I was in Berlin last year I saw police on the beat, police in wee pandas and police going around in minibuses. Here I only see them in a hilux from time to time – I work in DCC and haven’t seen a Gard in months … You are full of it.

        1. pissedasanewt

          Last time I was in Berlin I saw loads of police walking around with guns in groups of 3 or 4 with big fpp off dogs. It felt very safe. Here you see Garda sometimes, but they are not really doing anything. O’Connell street, abbey, Talbot street would feel safer if you had patrols on both side of the street walking up and down all day and night.

          I was even sitting on a train at the platform with one foot resting on the other knee and one of them knocked on the window and signals to get my foot off the seat. I wasn’t going to argue that my foot was on my lap. I can’t imagine any luas security, train inspector, or Garda doing the same, strolling in front of traffic, shooting up in public, littering, jumping red lights are all ignored and they wonder why people act so indignant when they are eventually get pulled up for punching the head off somebody in Temple bar.. “like WTF Guard, you’ve been letting me away with everything else for years.. why now.. I’m entitled to do this..”

    2. Hohum

      The little kids in Dublin that are more intimidating than a large bear?! You’re embarrassing yourself.

    3. Anomanomanom

      People in Dublin do care. Unfortunately the people in charge don’t give a fook about certain areas of the city. O’connell street is a poo hole.

      1. Condescending Nana

        people in Dublin do care, that’s why they go to such lengths to live, commute and work as far away as possible from the rough areas, the homeless, the drug addicts. That’s why southside dublin costs 30% more to buy in, to keep the rest of Dublin out. That’s how much Dubliners care.

        1. Anomanomanom

          So someone wanting to live in a nicer area because where they grew up is poo hole is bad person or something. Of course people care, do you think people look at any city and plan to move to the roughest part. You actually have no point, you know since the 100’s of thousands of people who actually live in Dublin City want it to be nice and actually care about it.

      2. sǝɯǝɯʇɐpɐq

        Cop on to yourselves.
        Dublin belongs to US.
        Dubliners.
        Nobody should be allowed that away from us.

        The moment you start saying ‘We have to win it back’ you’ve already accepted defeat.
        I’m ashamed of you, and I don’t mind admitting that.
        Get some self esteem.

  3. AndrewSB49

    Ireland, as distinct from her people, is nothing to me; and the man who is bubbling over with love and enthusiasm for “Ireland,” and can yet pass unmoved through our streets and witness all the wrong and the suffering, shame and degradation wrought upon the people of Ireland-yea, wrought by Irishmen upon Irish men and women, without burning to end it, is, in my opinion, a fraud and a liar in his heart, no matter how he loves that combination of chemical elements he is pleased to call Ireland. – James Connolly

    1. Joe Small

      God knows they’ve tried, but if it keeps refilling with drug addicts and drunks looking for fights there really isn’t much hope. I wouldn’t go near it on a Saturday night.

        1. ReproBertie

          Why? I work on Abbey St and have done for the last decade. I used to live around the corner. In that time I’ve not once had anything happen to me. I know of one person in the office who had a mobile phone snatched about 3 years ago. That’s one incident in over ten years and yet I repeatedly see people posting on BS about how walking around Abbey St. and Marlborough St is to take your life in your hands.

          Also, in the past 6 months there has been a garda operation to move the junkies on once they get their methadone. For anyone who is on the street on a regular basis the drop in people screaming across the road at each other and gathering outside the Salvation Army to deal is obvious.

          When I first moved to Dublin in the mid 90’s there was talk about O’Connell St at night being a death trap. It was seafóid than and it’s seafóid now.

          1. meadowlark

            Because when I was visiting my daughter, who was very ill after her birth, in hospital, walking up Abbey St was on my way daily for a number of months. During that time, I was threatened once, and someone attempted to take my bag until they realized it contained breast milk.

            I had a couple of bad experiences, so I am more cautious now. I know plenty of people who have never had anything like that happen. I was just unlucky.

          2. ReproBertie

            I’m sorry to hear you had hassles on the street. Perhaps, being in the area on such a regular basis, I am more tuned in to potential dangers and avoid them without even thinking about it.

            Hope your daughter is thriving.

          3. meadowlark

            Thanks Repro. I’m not the first to have a bad experience, and I won’t be the last. I was unlucky, and it has hardly put me off.

            My daughter is, thankfully, bold as brass and completely fine.

          1. Kolmo

            SoFoSkobo.

            I work and live in the cIty, it looks like nobody is in charge, scruffy as hell, not a city you can ever let your guard down either, I found most capital cities in Europe have the same edge to them

  4. Rob_G

    Maybe there will be workers setting things up the next day, and the Gardaí didn’t want to leave it to them to move on homeless people.

    I’m glad that homeless people can get some degree of shelter under the eaves of the GPO the rest of the time, but I also don’t think that the commemoration of one of the most seminal events in Irish history should be cancelled because it would discommode some people sleeping rough. I do hope that ICHH were able oyo John in touch with somewhere that can provide him with a bed, so as he doesn’t have to sleep rough in future.

    1. ForFecksSake

      Obviously they aren’t able to help these people get beds if you read the post. They are seeing the same people every night on the street.

      1. Rob_G

        The post doesn’t mention anything about the availability of emergency accommodation; obviously you didn’t read the post.

        People sleeping rough is not necessarily a matter of there not being enough beds; when poor Jonathan Corrie died, he had been offered a bed for the night.

        1. MoyestWithExcitement

          The post also didn’t mention the cancellation of the whole 1916 anniversary because homeless people slept outside the GPO. And that’s some stretching you’re doing with Corrie. You know of one example of someone refusing a bed so they’re all potentially ingrates who’ve nobody to blame but themselves because, obviously, the rest of us have no questions to ask ourselves. Also, homeless shelters can be rather unpleasant places. I know I’d rather sleep alone in a doorway than in one of them.

          1. Rob_G

            “The post also didn’t mention the cancellation of the whole 1916 anniversary because homeless people slept outside the GPO. “

            – well, that would be logical conclusion if Gardaí never moved any homeless people on for whatever reason.

            I’m suggesting that the GPO isn’t the only possible place for someone to sleep; just that.

          2. MoyestWithExcitement

            Logical conclusion? What?!? ‘Here you, take your sleeping bag and cardboard and fupp off up Dorset St or something. Come on, move. I said move! Why won’t you move? Fine. I guess I’ve no choice but to cancel everything. We can’t have a city wide party if a few people are lying on the ground outside a post office.’ Logical.

          3. Tony

            Im sure the other residents would rather you slept in a doorway too Moyest. Your insufferable moaning would just add insult to injury.

          4. MoyestWithExcitement

            We’ll I’d sleep on the floor of your bedsit but it might be difficult to sleep with the sounds of you cry-wanking in the corner.

  5. sǝɯǝɯʇɐpɐq

    Stupid homeless people, being homeless at the wrong time of the year.
    It makes me sick.

    Do they not care about the parade?

  6. Eamonn Clancy

    If only there was an anonymous meeting place or a 12 step programme for alcoholics and addicts to go to, to help them get their lives back on track.

  7. DubLoony

    Have the winter beds been closed down? Thought there was sufficient for anyone sleeping rough to at least get indoors.

    1. Clampers Outside!

      Nah. Remember too that some homeless don’t want to go into a dodgy shelter.

      But yes, the winter emergency shelters are still open.
      That BRÚ one on Thomas Street that opened before Christmas (and was posted on here) is still operational, and if anything is getting more popular, judging by the increased activity at it’s doors in the early evenings.

  8. 15 cents

    what a rubbish place to sleep. cold concrete, really open to wind n rain, really exposed and out in public. i wouldnt get a wink sleep there. if i was homeless id make a cool camp up out in the woods. nice n sheltered, make little fires, maybe even catch dinner the odd time. then wander into town durin the day to beg for money and stuff, then gather the days takings and back out to the woods in the evening.

  9. Nice Jung Man

    They should dump all the homeless people and other reprobates out in Jobstown and lock them in cars

    Just saying

    1. Cheech

      Jaykers Dav, will you phase out of existence if you don’t comment about “blueshirts” once per day?

        1. Anomanomanom

          Do you wake up, bang your head a few times off the wall and play with your pink oboe while shouting Blueshirts over and over. You’re obsessed.

        2. Nigel

          If your only object is to cause upset then what good are you doing anybody? Comes a time when you have to do something constructive or simply become a purveyor of tedious misery.

          1. dav

            causing upset to blushirts and their shills is not a bad thing, mmkay. I’m on the side of the angels on that one.

          2. dav

            not while the blushirts continue their war on the poor of this country, not while 1500 children are homeless in dublin. some things are still worth fighting for

          3. Nigel

            ‘Making them upset’ isn’t a viable strategy for dealing with any of those things. Outside of the hothouse of the GE or the odd rising crisis it’s pure self indulgence that fools you into thinking you’re contributing something.

          4. Owen O'F

            Dav is on a quest to find his long-lost ‘e’. Once it is finally found, he can revert back to his final form of ‘Dave’ and his obsession with blu(e)shirts will finally be at an end.

            Until then, we have to put up with the usual: ‘Had dodgy curry last night, typical blushirt arrogance and disdain for food hygiene regulation and enforcement’

  10. Tony

    Where are all those beds that the good citizens promised the Syrian refugees? Not so tweetable when its just your own.

  11. Anthony

    Sleep somewhere else please, the whole of town is available and they want to sleep in front of the GPO. Get real. If you were in any other country in the world and you wanted to sleep in front of a building with historic significance you’d be told to move on.

    1. Kieran NYC

      Most places in New York/Boston feel safer too.

      In fact, only Cork CC at night feels rougher than Dublin, in my experience.

  12. ollie

    What’s with all the subtle pro FG comments? Do ye have nothing else to do now that the election is over all (almost) all the posters are removed?

  13. Owen

    Why is this a surprise? Of course they are going to move homeless people this week. Yes, there needs to be a long term solution, but this is the wrong situation to pick that battle. And the ICHH Director should know how to pick the correct battle in this situation. He should have anticipated this and even asked for additional funding to accommodate a number of people over the week to ‘hide’ them. Use it as chance to get more beds.

    Im sorry, I understand there is a big problem with homeless, but this is not a surprise.

    1. Nigel

      Yes, the problem here is the surprise, or lack thereof. If the Gardai had leaped out from behind a pillar and yelled ‘Surprise! You’re being moved on in a cosmetic exercise with which you are expected to comply because your comfort and convenience comes second to literally everything!’ That still wouldn’t have been a surprise, as such, but the effort might have been appreciated.

  14. D2dweller

    It’s a shame all this media attention is being taken advantage of people exploiting the rise in homelessness

    Walking around Dublin city centre lately I’m seeing a crazy amount of homeless people on mobile phones in brand new tracksuits.

    Only two weeks ago outside Dunnes on George’s St a jeep pulled up as I was walking by and 4 women with matching sleeping bags and chihuahua puppies hopped out followed by quite a burly looking irish guy who directed each one as to what atm to sit beside

    I wonder if this supposed rise in homelessness isn’t so much a rise in homelessness instead a rise in people taking advantage.

    1. Nigel

      Between opportunistic criminals and opportunistic demagogues latching on the criminals to demonise/minimise homelessness, it’s becoming such an advantage to be homeless!

      1. D2dweller

        Well I wonder just how many people ‘true’ homeless people there is in this city….certainly not the numbers that are being bat around by charities who actively gain from increases

        1. Nigel

          Oh, yeah, them charities is in it for those tasty homeless euros! Your objective observations and groundless speculation are much more reliable!

    2. Anne

      “Walking around Dublin city centre lately I’m seeing a crazy amount of homeless people on mobile phones in brand new tracksuits.”

      There’s a bit of a bang of Moany about that .. Moany and her talk about the water protesters having fancy mobile phones.

        1. Anne

          Did the chihuahuas have designer doggy clothes on ? I bet the chihuahuas even had fancy phones and matching sleeping bags..

    3. Anne

      “Only two weeks ago outside Dunnes on George’s St a jeep pulled up as I was walking by and 4 women with matching sleeping bags and chihuahua puppies”

      Were the chihuahua’s all matchy too? It was probably Paris Hilton you saw, not homeless people..

  15. Anne

    Maybe he could make it rhyme this time..

    “Camden Street, Harcourt Street, George’s Street, Smock Alley.
    No bells from the churches, no urban foxes, no first snowflakes.
    Just the boom-boom of a bass, somewhere in the distance.
    Rats skittering, across sodden blankets, beds of needles.
    On our journey, people laughing, having the craic.
    Making the most of their night out, under Christmas lights,
    strung high on streets, over strung-out people.
    On Grafton Street, a Gucci sign beams over the remnants of humanity.”

    What a talentless goon.

  16. Termagant

    If you want to make the decision not to go to a shelter, fine. But you can’t then just sleep wherever simply because you want to.

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