Catch 22 Fahrenheit


The Dublin Regional Homeless Executive (DRHE) has confirmed that it had a bed available for a homeless man being helped by campaigner Fr Peter McVerry last night, but whose identity could not be verified and who therefore could not be accommodated.

The DRHE’s Bevin Herbert confirmed the agency’s protocol was to verify the identity of anyone seeking a bed. If – as in last night’s case – the person was a first-time user of the service, and therefore not already registered on the DRHE system, he or she is asked to have the Gardaí verify their identity.

This is to ensure they are over 18, to confirm that no warrants are outstanding against them and there is no other security issue.

Homeless executive says identity protocol is necessary in assigning emergency beds (Irish Examiner)

Earlier: 92 People Sleeping In Freezing Temperatures


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12 thoughts on “Catch 22 Fahrenheit

  1. Starina

    meanwhile in Scotland they have a minimum legal temperature, below which where there’s a guaranteed bed for everyone.

    1. Rob_G


      Or else you end up with a convicted paedo who intentionally gave someone HIV being housed next to some vulnerable young people.


      1. Praetorian.

        Dail bar closed early tonight….
        if they are a convicted pedo on drugs im damn sure the Gardai know who the individual is….but if they’ve never been on the radar….well,where do we go from there Leo.


  2. Pavel

    The Guards have plenty of ways of verifying someone’s identity without ID. They do it everyday. Otherwise criminals are missing a great loophole. Checking that someone is over 18 and is not a risk to other homeless service users is exactly what is needed to ensure a safe space for everyone.

    1. millie st murderlark

      I know. That cold would gut you without even thinking twice. The wet only makes it worse.

      How was the cycle home?

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