This morning.

Cook Street, Dublin 8

The scene where a homeless man died on Tuesday night.

The Poland-born man was the 27th person to die on Ireland’s streets in the last 16 months, according to Inner City Helping Homeless (ICCH)

Last month, the body of Poland-born Krzysztof Ciesielski was found on a park bench in Monaghan town.

Yesterday: In Dublin 8


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11 thoughts on “Enough

  1. Katie Black

    It’s a very sad situation indeed. But as someone who walks by the Grand Canal regularly, I see tents dotted all over it with middle-aged Eastern European men occupying them. It can be quite intimidating, especially as the evenings are getting darker. It’s a strange decision to make, as I’m sure most of them did, to make your way to Ireland to sleep rough. Are there no support services in Eastern Europe?

    1. Eoin

      Unemployment benefit in Poland is meagre (around €100 a month) and you have to have a history of employment and be seeking work.
      I would guess many of these men are claiming disability benefit, perhaps due to addiction issues.
      Ireland overwhelmingly benefits from Polish people generally and workers in particular, but maybe officialdom needs to look at disability benefits generally, and not just for fellow Europeans, you see a lot of our own around D1 on crutches, and it’s not down to the uneven pavements.

    2. millie st murderlark

      “It’s a strange decision to make, as I’m sure most of them did, to make your way to Ireland to sleep rough.”

      Katie, do you have a source for that? I’d be interested in reading further and it’s almost lunchtime.

  2. Joe cool

    2018. The fact its 2018 and people are dying on oir streets. Where did all the money go during the boom? it certainly didn’t go where it should have

    1. Katie Black

      It doesn’t matter what year it is. There will always be people on that path to addiction & death by overdose, for whatever reason. Even when the right services are in place, people will remain homeless, people will died from taking drugs, people will have mental health issues. We can strive for a Utopian society where everything is ‘nice’ but it’s not going to happen anytime soon.

  3. Spaghetti Hoop

    RIP. Only in his forties.
    The sign said he was booked into a hostel for that (Tues) night yet was not allowed in. Any more confirmed news on that I wonder?

  4. A Person

    Does anyone know the cause of death, and why he was not allowed into the hostel? Unfortunately I suspect that this was more than a death caused by homelessness, and there were other issues involved.

  5. ciaran

    Sorry to burst everyone’s bubble, but he was an addict and died of an overdose. I work in an office on Merchants quay and saw him going into the ambulance in a bag and his friend being helped into a car. Sadly, the whole thing was witnessed by primary school children on their way to school. How the government allow a needle exchange next to St Auden’s primary school and turn a blind eye to addicts shooting up in such a historical touristy part of town is the issue that bleeding hearts should be more vocal about. We care more about addicts than preserving the innocence of children. Sadly I see addicts with needles in their arms almost every single day. No doubt Ive offended middle class Ireland who have no such experience but I welcome anyone to walk the back of Merchants Quay any day of the week to see first hand what a mess drugs are doing to this city.

    1. A Person

      I suspected as such, and I agree re Merchants Quay. Some people are homeless not because of govt policy or all the good work done by charities and approved housing bodies. Yet others are so quick to jump on the band wagon – he dies because he was homeless.

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