Between The Pillars


This morning.

The Four Courts, Dublin 7

Lyndsey and Alan Byrne have been sleeping in a tent for the last four days outside the Four Courts. Lyndsey has been homeless for 17 years and Alan for 10 years.

A  total of 12 homeless families with over 30 children were told to present to Garda stations on Tuesday night, as there was nowhere else for them to stay.

Earlier: ‘Homelessness Has Become A Business… And Socially Acceptable’

Eamonn Farrell/Rollingnews

17 thoughts on “Between The Pillars

  1. Rugbyfan

    and still little comment form the charity that raised the funds outside Apollo House!

    1. dav

      an occupation that you opposed I suppose?
      But that’s right, blame the charities for the homeless problem – a new take on victim blaming from the right…

      1. Rugbyfan

        You supposed an awful,lot there dav. My point is that those who shoutest the loudest and helped get action seem to have slipped away when they are needed to shout even louder. People do get involved dav rather than sit there and bitch and moan about blue shirts like you do at every fuppin turn.

  2. Jonickal

    When you report homeless stories such as these, there’s a need to report the back story too. We need to learn why they are homeless, what (if any) supports have been offered, and what is planned for this particular case in the future.

    Are we, and the state, meant to feel responsible for every case of homelessness? That’s what’s implied most of the time when they’re reported in the media.

    1. edalicious

      No, but there is a point in everyone’s back story where an intervention could’ve made the difference between them being homeless or not. It could’ve been 20/30 years ago when they were still children and there’s no guarantees but generally when people end up homeless it’s because there has been an issue with the mental health, addiction or education services provided to them. It’s not a case of just giving everyone houses, it’s a case of generation long programs to give people the best opportunities in life. It might feel like you’re giving out handouts to strangers but really you’re making an investment so you don’t have to pay to the higher cost of crime prevention, healthcare, etc in the future.

    2. Gorev Mahagut

      Maybe they’re homeless because the world is unfair. No one is asking you to feel responsible. May your life be happy and free from suffering.

    1. bertie "The Inexplicable Pleasure" blenkinsop

      Shamrock Rovers were homeless for 22 years.

      1. Brother Barnabas

        and but for the grace of robbie fowler, so would half of Liverpool’s supporters

  3. Charger Salmons

    Homeless for 17 years ?
    You’re having a laugh.
    There are ample safety nets for anyone in this country not to be homeless for more than 17 hours.
    I smell,amongst other things after 17 years homelessness,a large dollop of bollocks.

    1. Jocky

      Thats s person that has burned every bridge twice and cannot function in this world.

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