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“.