None Shall Sleep



This afternoon.

The Department of Social Protection, Gandon House, Amiens Street, Dublin 1

Solidarity Party TDs, above from left: Paul Murphy, Ruth Coopinger and Mick Barry at the launch of a Bill to ban Anti-Homeless Devices in sheltered areas.

Defensive or hostile architecture‘ is becoming a feature of Dublin city as homeless figures continue to soar.


Sam Boal/Rollingnews


There you go now.

47 thoughts on “None Shall Sleep

  1. dav

    fg won’t like the challenge to their spin that homeless children in Ireland is normal and to be expected.

        1. b

          that’s true, a few posters to mislead people that this is about homelessness rather than anti social behaviour costs nought

  2. Brother Barnabas

    Dublin Ink on Cow’s Lane has a water jet connected to a motion sensor, which is especially nasty and irresponsible. Drenched clothes or sleeping bag is dangerous for a homeless person in the winter.

    1. badatmemes

      Nasty and unforgivable.
      It’s hard to believe that anyone would look for, pay for and install something like that.

      And I’d bet they go to Mass every Sunday too.

      1. Ann Gularvelo-City

        I bet they also go on the internet while drunk to abuse other peoples and some even call women bitch

      2. badatmemes

        Wait a minute…
        – Are you saying that people go on the Internet when they’re sober?
        If you did a bit of research I think you might think differently.
        – Are you drunk?

        What kind of idiot pays heed to any abuse they get on the Internet anyway?
        It isn’t a playground, it’s a jungle.

      3. mickmick

        Not usually one to judge a book by its cover but Dublin Ink don’t strike me as the mass going types batatmemes. Not like the Capuchin monks, you know the ones who run the homeless shelter on Bow St. Or Fr. Peter McVerry. They probably go to mass every week without fail, the evil catholic fe**ers.

      1. badatmemes

        That’s pathetic and insulting as an excuse.
        ”…oh, sorry for squirting water on you, I thought you were a junkie…”

  3. b

    I get the bus from there regularly, fairly sure those bars were to stop people from sitting at the windows and littering everywhere. People still sit on the steps getting in the way of others

    the chains in the plaza were to keep out socialists, they need to install some lasers or sniper positions as they are clearly ineffective

  4. gorugeen

    Utter bullpoo. Private businesses protecting their premises is entirely reasonable. There’s folks who come to work and their first task is to clean the urine soaked entryway. If fg were doing their job properly this wouldn’t even be an issue.

    1. Ann Gularvelo-City

      I don’t see what the problem is either. In my native Brazil these homeless kids should be shot like rats.

    2. Cian

      Exactly – I expect if there were homeless people sleeping on Paul Murphy, Ruth Coopinger, or Mick Barry ‘s doorway they would want rid of them PDQ.

      1. Brother Barnabas

        You might very well be right about that, Cian. But this isn’t someone’s doorway – it’s an office building of a state department (for social protection of all things). At worst, it’s a minor inconvenience for the people who work there.

          1. Brother Barnabas

            Cian, have you ever spoken to a homeless person? (And “no, sorry” as you hasten past doesn’t count.)

            Genuine question.

            [And we’ll just ignore the ‘dangers’ of catching HIV from someone’s urine etc, because it doesn’t work that way]

  5. Quota

    Never saw homeless there, it’s too exposed, but AAA/Broadsheet won’t know about that because #StKilians #SoCoDuLife. The real question is will AAA/Broadsheet let homeless into their own homes, or is it the kind of incredibly pressing social problem that can wait for other people to solve?

    1. edalicious

      If you let a homeless person sleep on your couch, they are still homeless. You’re not solving anything by doing that, just sweeping it under the carpet. Homelessness won’t be solved by individuals but by society-wide changes.

  6. Eoin

    Protest idea: Chainlock all kinds of immovable crap to these devices. Broken bikes, car engines. Could even call it ‘modern activist art’. I’d happily come and serve tea at the opening of this instillation.

  7. dave g k

    Department of Employment and Social Protection are only one of a number the tenants of Gandon House. But hey, why let the facts get in your way?

  8. Charger Salmons

    In Dublin’s fair city indeed.
    Ever time I motor up to the smoke with Mrs Charger Salmons on a retail therapy mission the dump looks filthier.
    Ugly city,ugly people.

    1. Papi

      The best part of that comment is you expect us to believe a woman would stay with you for any period of time willingly.

  9. Joe

    anti homeless devices aren’t the problem, those property owners didn’t cause homelessness they just want to keep their buildings looking tidy and neat for their renters. blame the government.

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