Roofless People


Children in homeless accommodation are displaying ‘suicidal ideation’, says Focus Ireland

18 thoughts on “Roofless People

    1. Col

      And add the following:
      “There are many reasons why people become homeless”
      “This is a complex issue”
      “This cannot be fixed overnight”
      Etc etc etc.

    2. edalicious

      Just FYI, it’s toeing the line, not towing the line. Refers to runners lining up at the start of a race with their toes on the starting line.

      1. dav

        sorry, I had it in my head of a bunch of blushirts pulling some rope,
        don’t ask me what I think about the party whip..

      2. Brother Barnabas

        tow the line is what’s known as a linguistic eggcorn

        the expression ‘toe the line’ doesn’t come from runners lining up at a start line. usage can be traced to 17th C and most probably it was a naval expression – barefoot sailors being required to line up first thing each morning in a straight line (using the line of a wooden plank on the deck) so that day’s duties could be assigned. that would explain why it’s sometimes used as ‘toe the plank’ or ‘toe the mark’. all mean the same thing.

  1. diddy

    I’d like a deeper dig into the homeless figures.. how many are foreign Nationals ? how many new housing units are being bought by non EU investors? is our property market borderless

      1. diddy

        call someone a bigot is the easiest way to close down a debate..why stop there? am I a rascist ? you most certainly are of low intelligence

    1. Increasing Displacement

      Every property market is borderless why even ask

      Irish or foreign is irrelevant, problem exists
      The investors are not big enough to create this problem…properties can be rented

      1. diddy

        not true. NZ stopped Chinese cash buyers why can’t we? only Irish citizens can vote in a general election. eoin Murphy has s big harp on his headed paper. he is elected to serve the needs of the Irish nation, not to badly referee a global property casino

        1. Rob_G

          If there aren’t enough properties currently, why would we want to restrict supply further by cutting off one of the sources of capital for constructing new properties(?)

          1. diddy

            not capital but buyers with different motives. overseas investors are buying up stock IRISH and EU Nationals would ordinarilly buy as first time buyers. one party wants a home to live in..the other wants a healthy rental yield in a housing crisis. this is BS

    2. Spaghetti Hoop

      This is definitely needed to tackle the problem. We’re now at 10,378 nationally. Breaking this down into profiles and causes will assist in a multi-faceted approach to mitigating the problems and prioritising relief to those most at risk – the children. There are familiar problems of abuse and addiction which require a different approach than rental shortages. There are also huge swathes of people and families that could avail of a re-introduction of the rural resettlement scheme. With an epidemic at this scale there will also be opportunists.

    3. topsy

      Now diddy, don’t be asking those obvious questions and upsetting some people. I suppose a breakdown of crime figures by nationality would be out of the question also.

  2. kellMA

    These people may have accomodation but they don’t have a home; a place where they can provide their family with structure. Living like that for any long period can only have terrible effects on a child. Terrible situation for a child to grow up in.

  3. eoin

    “Younger children don’t have space to learn how to crawl, older children don’t have space to sit and do their homework without younger siblings round, teenagers don’t have space to be teenagers. At every level of childhood, the trauma is reinforced while they’re in homelessness.” said Niamh Lambe from Focus.

    No wonder Deputy Anne Rabitte was in tears.

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