A Crisis On Wheels

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33 thoughts on “A Crisis On Wheels

    1. Col

      Hopefully this is a short term solution. Not paying rent for 4 months could easily be saving him 6 grand.

  1. Rob_G

    Mmm – the pillow with the child’s face seems like over-egging the pudding a little bit; I will withhold my outrage until it is confirmed that there is an actual worker actually living in that car, I am still smarting from the whole Margaret Cash thing.

      1. Rob_G

        At the moment, all I see are some clothes and a sleeping bag in a car, with no other specifics, posted by someone who, I assume, has some interest in making the housing crisis seem especially bad. Like I said, if there is actually someone who works living in a car, I will be outraged; until this is confirmed, I will hold my water.

          1. Rob_G

            The housing crisis is bad enough; it doesn’t need any fairy stories about living in cars or sleeping in Garda stations to spice it up further, IMO.

    1. millie st murderlark

      Sorry, that was uncalled for. Apologies Rob.

      But really, your reply is callous and cynical. And what, because of a woman like Margaret Cash? I think it says more about you that your immediate reaction was not sympathy but cynicism.

      1. Rob_G

        There are always stories about Gardaí having to sleep in cars around Budget time, and none of them, to my knowledge, has ever been borne out. And that mother and with 3 or 4 kids from Cork who was also living in a car (but it turns out they actually had somewhere else to stay, the 4 of them in the car was just staged for the newspaper photographer).

        I think it is you being a little naive, rather than me being cynical; if a working person was actually living in their car, surely they would contact the press and be photographed outside the Dáil with all of their stuff in the car? That would certainly get their application for public housing sped up, à la Mme Cash.

        1. millie st murderlark

          I’m sorry, stories about Garda sleeping in cars?? The last story I’ve seen, and I just googled it to be sure, was in April 2015. But whatever. What has that to do with this, other than deflection.

        2. millie st murderlark

          And Rob, I don’t think it’s naive to believe there are people sleeping in cars, hard working people who have found themselves with nowhere to go.

          Why would they stage a photo outside the Dail to draw attention to the problem?? Think for a minute. It’s embarrassing. That’s a pretty compelling reason. A story like that would make headlines in the current market. Do you know many people who work full time who would own to being homeless, to sleeping in their car? I don’t. Be honest. Do you know anyone who would take that risk?

          1. Rob_G

            If you are homeless, and you present to your CoCo, at the very least, you will be provided with a hotel or B&B to stay in. This is not ideal, for sure, but better than sleeping on the streets.

            The fact that this is the case makes the idea of someone living in their car very unlikely. ‘Extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence’ – I will need more than a tweet (which, I see, has since been deleted – funny, that) to believe that someone who has the wherewithal to find a job and get a driving license is incapable of googling ’emergency accommodation Dublin’ or similar.

        3. Steph Pinker

          Oh dear, Rob_G, and to think you had the audacity to refer to me as being ‘obtuse’ re: Mme Cash!

          Haha, you’re such a hypocrite! Physician heal thyself – otherwise, try penicillin – apparently it’s for the man who has everything!

          1. Rob_G

            Actually I have taken the exact same position in each case; I am not sure you understand what ‘hypocrite’ means.

    2. millie st murderlark

      And, in fairness, the housing crisis is already a horror show all on it’s own. We don’t need anyone to make the housing crisis seem worse.

  2. kellMA

    Maybe its a dad recently separated who can’t afford to get a place to stay. Maybe it is his first night. Maybe he will be fine next week. Either way, it is still pretty grim.

  3. Junkface

    This is very sad. I think its getting worse in Ireland. So many people at breaking point or beyond it. Its the 21st Century, and we’re racing backwards. The Irish Government needs to be shamed on an international stage. Their worst fear

  4. Junkface

    This is very sad. I think its getting worse in Ireland. So many people at breaking point or beyond it. Its the 21st Century, and we’re racing backwards. The Irish Government needs to be shamed on an international stage. Their worst fear

    1. kellMA

      He might also just be going away for a few days and has the car packed…. Either way the housing crisis is still a crisis. These photos won’t swing it either way.

  5. Vanessa Foran

    I don’t care whether this is staged or not.

    There are hundreds of workers in Dublin living in cars, caravans, sheds and on couches.
    Maybe even more.

    This story told in the picture is real. One way or another.

    1. andy

      LMAO

      “This story told in the picture is real. One way or another.”

      Seriously. Even if it’s not true, it’s true………

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