This afternoon.

Molesworth Street, , Dublin 2

Tributes at the doorway near the Dáil where Jonathan Corrie was found dead on December 1, 2014 sparking a national outcry. Jonathan had been homeless for 30 years.

The average number of people sleeping rough in Dublin is now greater by at least 51 people since Jonathan’s body was discovered.


27 thoughts on “Shrine On

    1. Kdoc1

      Sadly, Mr. Corrie’s issues were related to addiction more than homelessness. He was used by the homeless industry for their own ends. Some months back an IT article by Patsy McGarry outlined the millions that the various homeless charities receive from the State. In some cases much of the money goes on colossal salaries. The State aid should be directed to social housing and any rough sleepers with addiction and other mental health problems should come under the care of the psychiatric and health services.

        1. Kdoc1

          I’m in good company – that’s how bishop Martin once described it (and further suggesting they should be closed down by now). In Dublin 23 organisations are employing a few hundred people are involved in homelessness. How would you describe them?

        2. Kdoc1

          dav, the contrary is the case. If you read my comment clearly you would see that I argued for social housing for the homeless and psychiatric care for those with addiction and mental health issues.

    1. AlisonT

      +1 the way he is being used is sad. He chose his lifestyle and lived as he wanted to. He may have been very happy with his situation.

        1. AlisonT

          Why would anyone assume he was not happy just because he wasn’t leading the type of life you feel people should live?
          You should check out the meaning of the word “may” that I used in my post.

      1. Nigel

        No, the homelessness crisis is ‘sad,’ the way he was ‘used’ as a reflection of how hard it is to get people to take the crisis seriously is grotesque.

    2. Spaghetti Hoop

      +1. It seems the basic facts will never get in the way of a good outcry. It’s shocking that this man is still pedalled by campaigners.

  1. Eamonn Clancy

    Homelessness is not society’s problem. We didn’t cause it, and can’t cure it. The tradgedy of this man’s death was of his own making. Maybe if we started from there we might make some progress. But while homelessness is seen as society’s or the government’s fault this is bound to happen again and again.

    1. Yep

      “Homelessness is not society’s problem”

      Not all, no. That blanket statement rings hollow though.

  2. Jocky

    The face that this man is still being used as a martyr tells you plenty about the credibility of homeless campaigners.

  3. Nigel

    So going by responses here we have a very narrow set of criteria as to what constitutes acceptabe or palatable forms of homelessness and because this person did not conform to those criteria the outcry surrounding his death being used to draw attention to homelessness is tantamount to fraud.

    Good job everybody. Good job.

      1. Nigel

        There you go. He did not die in a manner consistent with the stringent standards you demand for homeless deaths.

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