Working Rough


[Green Party] councillor Lawrence Hemmings, for Donaghmede, Dublin 13, tweetz:

Bicycle locked. Deliveroo bag ready for the day’s work. The new working homeless.

Government is failing to deliver public and affordable housing and failing to control rents.

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38 thoughts on “Working Rough

  1. diddy

    these poor souls are raw material to for language schools and the gig economy. a bottomless visa scheme of cheap labour. the only problem is they cannot make it on poverty wages …welcome to Ireland jao’s your tent and a deliveroo box

  2. dhaughton99

    Isn’t that taken at the bottom of Nassau st with the Department of the Taoiseach only 500m around the corner.

      1. Johnny Green

        You spin me right round baby right right round,it’s great news as the state must be getting paid back in full the billons O’Reilly owed/owes-right I mean that was the whole point NAMA:)
        The implied yield or capitalization rate (NOI/PP) implies substantial belief that there will be significant rental growth,it’s a forward buy,or a bet on the future most likely driven by his lenders requirements.
        In other words Joe we ain’t lending you another half billion to build shoeboxes these unless you have pre sold them…

        1. Cian

          But this is a about a fella living in a tent – 1,695 new homes will help alleviate pressure in the rental market.

          An article from 2011 is moot – do you know if Joe O Reilly paid back his debt in full or not? As for the state paying him… it looks like he has continued to build in Dublin for the last 8 years. Perhaps NAMA made the right decision?

          1. Johnny Green

            Yeah Cian hold on let me check at the irish state owned NAMA site,I mean given you guys are paying all these debts that info must be available right….
            FG made that decision not NAMA.

            ‘Strong economic performance in recent years has seen the debt-to-income ratio fall significantly. However, at 104 per cent of GNI* in 2018, this figure remains high by both historical and international comparisons. Indeed, on a per capita basis, public indebtedness increased last year to €42,500 per person, amongst the highest in the OECD. Given the increasingly uncertain external environment and the prospect that borrowing costs have bottomed-out, the high level of public indebtedness in Ireland remains a source of vulnerability. Unfavourable shifts in the age structure of the Irish population in the coming decades and the associated expenditure pressures add to the need to reduce public debt. ‘


          2. Cian

            What are you talking about? That is nothing to do with homelessness (which is the topic) or O’Reilly (who you brought up)

          3. Johnny Green

            -oops sorry Cian for bringing up FG’s inability to manage the economy and society-still fair play them getting Joe back on his feet,any cap on his borrowing,he ended up into the state for over a billion last time…..

          4. Cian

            When FG got into power they were borrowing €26,000,000,000 each year to keep the country going (pensions, dole, health services, gards, etc) . Unemployment was over 15%.
            Today we don’t borrow money, and unemployment is nearer 5%

          5. Johnny Green

            -easy enough if you STOP all capital investment for future generations,no housing, health at third world levels, crime out of control,public transport a disaster, but still Joe and his developer pals who FG bailed out are BACK BABY,borrowing half billion to build these shoeboxes is the sate guaranteeing the banks again this time ?

            -what could go wrong here..I mean you claim he paid back the billions he owed the state,I checked the state owned and funded NAMA site. can’t find any info on who paid back any money-odd that huh is it another FG dirty little secret!

          6. Cian

            1. they didn’t stop all capital investment.
            2. yes, the developers are still developing homes – this is GOOD. He is getting private investment nothing to do with the banks.
            3. I never claimed Joe paid back his loans – you claimed he didn’t.

  3. Jonickal

    Across so many cities in Europe (France, Netherlands, Germany) there are street after street of 30 storey blocks of cheap apartments close to train lines. Someone on a low salary can comfortably afford to live in one while still being within a reasonable commute of work. If this solution was applied to Dublin there would be uproar.

    We like our low density sprawl. It’s expensive, it’s bad for public services, and it’s not fit for a fast growing city like Dublin. But in 20 years time we’ll be able to look back and say, “those were the days, when we had the world at our feet with tech companies queuing up to move here, but we couldn’t get our act together, and now we’re just a nation of has beens, a backwater that squandered its great potential”.

    Epitaph: Modern Ireland is dead and gone, it’s with the NIMBYs in the grave.

    1. millie vanilly strikes again

      I honestly don’t get the problem with high rise we seem to have in this country.

      Its a case that if we must do something, it must be backwards and by the most inefficient and expensive means possible.

      1. Cian

        Nobody has a problem with high-rise per se, they have a problem with high rise near their home.


  4. Kolmo

    The current ideological narrative is the trickle-down myth, the politicians bend over backwards to assist those who are profiting from the, some say, designed crisis. How are all public services, housing, health, elder care, mental health, education etc all in a permanent state of apparent crisis? It’s like there are psychopathic accountants in charge of our vision and an utter absence of imagination.

  5. Martin Mcmahon

    That person is bogus self employed. In 1995, the SWAO decided all couriers/delivery riders were self-employed. There was/is no legislation allowing the SWAO do this, but they did it anyway in one of the most corrupt and secret scandals ever to take place in this country.

    1. Rob_G

      Do you think this person would be working if all the delivery companies in Dublin could only hire salaried employees?

      1. Kingfisher

        Yes, and he or she could pay for a home, if all the empty “properties” were forcibly released into the housing market.

        1. Rob_G

          (i) if deliveroo had to hire delivery drivers as employees, they would hire literally zero people

          (ii) I”m not sure there are any cities in Europe where a part-time job delivering takeaways on a bicycle would be enough to rent your own place; normally, it would be a job that students would do in the evenings for extra cash.

          Anyhow, as the poster below pointed out, the photo is probably staged – it seems a strange place to pitch a tent for someone who is actually homeless.

          1. B9Com From No

            Apart from that deliveroo is a crap business with poor ethical standards I’m delighted their workers can’t afford homes as hopefully the business will close down

          2. Rob_G

            Fair enough, but that seems kind of spiteful – there would be a load of Brazilian lads out of a job…

  6. Horse Box

    There’s a big smack of staged off this picture. Why is the Deliveroo box sticking out the door? Surely it should be inside where a passerby can’t just lift it in the dead of night. Did a Green Party councilor just happen to be passing after dawn?

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