Yesterday.

Dublin city centre.

Some of the 400 posters of children with the text #mynameis springing across town to raise awareness of child homelessness.

The #mynameis campaign was launched by Inner City Helping Homeless (ICHH) on Monday in order to “change the perception” of homelessness in Ireland, and make children and families the focus.

This Summer,  the number of homeless adults went over 5,000 for the first time ever, and the number of children who are homeless rose to nearly 3,000.

Previously: I Have A Name

30 thoughts on “Our Shame Is

  1. Spud

    Are these posters legit?
    I thought only election / political posters could go up on lampposts etc… ?

    1. Rob_G

      You’re right.

      Or organising a meeting; you will sometimes see the details of a meeting being advertised in small print on these posters to justify their presence.

    2. Rob_G

      I’m pretty sure that they are also supposed to have the contact details of the organisation doing the postering as well (though maybe its on the back)

  2. Eric cartman

    So What about all those children on that list becuse their selfish mothers declined perfectly good properties.

    1. mildred st. meadowlark

      That seems like you’re attempting to deflect from the issue a bit. What percentage of the homeless are single parents? What percentage have addiction problems? And does it really matter when the number of homeless families and children without a home continue to rise?

      1. Eric cartman

        well the problems we have are not necissarily houses

        cases where houses were declined – intentionally homeless, don’t deserve the help
        cases where the income is too high due to no. of kids / employment – not in the same banner
        drug addicts – mandatory detox and treatment before they can even be on the list, otherwise they just burn down the house for copper
        alcoholics / gambling addicts – same story as above (also as a note there are tonnes of dry beds in dublin go empty every night because addicts wont give up)
        people intentionally declaring as homeless (are living in parents house etc… to bump themselves up the housing list)

        the overflow should be nationalised so that people on the list who are willing to accept that they cant live in dublin/cork/limerick could be offered another house in a more sparsly populated area to alleviate the demand.

        There are obviously a lot of genuine cases, but when we talk about the homeless problem, the people in the above categories, I have no interest in giving any priority in helping, deal with only the real cases first and only give me those numbers.

        1. ahjayzis

          I don’t understand why we can’t just euthanise them and sell their kids abroad. Someone needs to explain to them that they can’t afford to live, like.

          1. eric cartman

            I know thats probably sarcasm but that really would be a helpful solution, or just say no contraception – no erlfsre like Australia. The last thing Ireland needs is more kids born to an uneducated teen mother on a council estate.

        2. Nigel

          The urge to separate the sheep from the goats seems more like a way of playing God rather than a constructive approach to the problem. Or maybe resentment overwhelms empathy. ‘Better that ten children go homeless than one whose mother refused a previous offer get housed.’

          1. eric cartman

            well I’m the one paying to house them, my money should get a say in it, if it was up to me they’d have no access to cash , cigarettes or alcohol to even form their addictions in the first place. Its a disgrace the level of money we’re prepared to invest in people who take no responsibility for their own terrible actions.

          2. Nigel

            I prefer to keep the amount of social control people have over the vulnerable to a minimum, so I’m glad your say is confined to internet comments and voting, like the rest of us.

      2. Anomanomanom

        It does matter the why and how. The numbers are not true, you and your kids can be living in your parents/grandparents, like I did with my brother and mother, yet your classed as homeless. I’m sorry but that’s not homelessness.

          1. Eric cartman

            he’s saying what a lot of people are saying / thinking. That this homeless ‘crisis’ is at best exagerated a lot, and at worst almost completely manufactured in order to get a load of free houses for people.

          2. mildred st. meadowlark

            If you think it’s manufactured, you’re utterly deluded.

            I’ll grant you that you make some valid points above, but to say that it doesn’t exist is wilful blindness.

          3. realPolithicks

            What he, and you are actually saying is “I’m all right Jack” so screw everybody else affected by this “crisis”.

  3. dav

    This must bring teas of joy to the current crowd in government. I mean it can be the only logical explanation for their inaction in trying to fix this problem? They don’t believe that the crisis of thousands of their youngest citizens being homeless,s isn’t worthy of the same level of action that was given to the bail out of our banks? Therefore they must want thousands of children to remain homeless, they are satisfied with this..

    1. ahjayzis

      What crisis? The property prices of their voters are skyrocketing. This is government policy, it’s not a crisis. Gerontocracy in action.

  4. Turgenev

    The Victorian concept of “the deserving poor” that starved families to death during the Famine has returned to Ireland. What a pity we can’t blame the colonists any more, now we have to blame our own tight lips and judgmental stare.

    1. Rob_G

      Christ, now we are invoking the Famine:

      If people are unemployed or otherwise unable to support themselves, we support them to reasonably high standard of living indefinitely. Yes, there is a housing crisis, and yes it sucks that families are living in hotel rooms and the govt really needs to get its finger out and sort this out, but what you wrote is such a load of histrionic bullpoop.

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