Earlier today.

The Department of Housing released the latest homeless figures which show there were 10,397 people (6,524 adults and 3,873 children) living in emergency accommodation in the final week of September.

This represents an increase of 34 adults and an increase of 25 children compared to the final week of August. 

Read the report in full here

Previously: 10,345

14 thoughts on “10,397

      1. Ted

        Yeah randomness like being a drunk, an addict, single mother with multiple fathered children, buying a house you knew ya couldnt afford, not bothering to keep in contact with your bank when ya got into financial difficulty.
        All completely random things yeah.

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  1. :-Joe

    Surprise, surprise, 60%-ish of you vote for F-f/g and expect things to be fair and just at the same time.

    It’s you who are to blame, not some relentless, random, unknowable, superstitious dark force of evil within humanity itself and far from beyond your comprehension.

    It’s your inability to educate yourself sufficiently from experience of the facts, history and form of politics and then carefully choose and vote for a potential leader.

    Hint: If you don’t know what you are doing then vote preferably for a local independant over the F-f/g party political establishment corruption.

    BTW: Your smartphone is making you dumb and dumber but prepare yourself and each other as it will hypnotise you even more and more during all future elections from now on. i.e. Democracy is about to get much worse in Ireland.

    A summary of basic facts about your smartphone that only a tiny minority seems to have noticed in the last two decades : [ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VFns39RXPrU ]

    :-J

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    1. Cian

      I disagree. If your message was completely successful and we ended up with a Dáil made up of 160 local independents – what happens? Chaos. Look at the splintering and lack of cohesion that the small parties have had over the last few years. Solidarity, Anti-Austerity Alliance, PBP, Rise, Renua, Social Democrats, United Left Alliance, and a host of others.

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      1. Listrade

        But lack of splintering and cohesion is what gives us policies and governance based on party politics. That “solidity” is designed to retain positions of power rather than the policies for the greater good. It is that old chestnut of hegemony. At least you can be wrapped in the comforting blanket of politicians who consistently put their own power and wealth and their party ahead of the people of this country. You’re right. We should let the hegemony continue because its old and comfortable. Hey, it may be behind some of the worst political decisions and cover ups. It my be why we have issues with the HSE. Why we have such critical issues with homelessness. Why wages have been driven down. Why rents are so high (…and the list can continue). But it’s familiar and we’re doing ok, so sod the rest.

        Where you see splitting and chaos, I actually see people not bound by a party politic (which may or may not be voted on by party members and which may or may not have anything more than a small majority).

        I’d much rather see lack of cohesion behind a party name and more splintering or independents if it meant the destruction of party politics.

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        1. Rob_G

          Your ideas about politics don’t really take into account people’s will; people vote for political parties because their policies (more-or-less) align with how voters feel the country should be run. There are already plenty of independents, and many of them are very successful, who are elected and reelected. However, they tend to be very focused on a narrow set of issues, often related to their own constituency; this is why we don’t see grand coalitions of independents forming a government, their appeal just isn’t broad enough.

          (I would also argue that independents tend to run on the platform of “my constituency should have x” – it would be very difficult to form a government of people whose only concern is getting a bigger slice of the pie, it would be impossible to pass a budget).

          “Why wages have been driven down. Why rents are so high ” – how can rents be going up if wages are being driven down; tbh your post comes across as a rant about how the country is being run generally (some of it warranted, for sure), rather than articulating any of the benefits of the country being run by independents.

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          1. Listrade

            “how can rents be going up if wages are being driven down”. Because high end wages are going up, but lower paid has stagnated. Given inflation and increases in cost of living, stagnant wages is as good as pay cut.

            There is a divide there. It is masked behind “average wage” that gets higher because higher paid are getting pay increases. It is masked by figures of “full employment” which is great except how many of those jobs are minimum wage and part time? How many still need welfare to support their wage even though working? That’s how it can happen. Landlords increase rent because there is a high demand, low wage people are priced out, but it’s ok because there are still enough high paid people looking for accommodation to more than meet demand.

            And I wasn’t totally advocating for independents. Let’s be honest, we’d end up with a government filled with Healy-Raes. It was a point that the comfort blanket of a “gentleman’s” parliament, where people stick with party politics and ensuring personal wealth isn’t the best argument against something a but more chaotic where people vote and align with a greater good rather than maintenance of power.

            That doesn’t have to be independents (though I don’t see how any system can fail to end up corrupted with party politics). It was a rant, not against the country, against the blind faith and fear of change that party faithful people have.

            And for a more articulation of my point, see Marx. Snapshot:

            1. Society does not consist of individuals, but expresses the sum of interrelations, the relations within which these individuals stand – Think you mentioned something similar

            2. Capitalist bourgeois and their economists were promoting what he saw as the lie that “the interests of the capitalist and of the worker are … one and the same” See Celtic Tiger. See Trump. See Brexit.

            3. The ideas of the ruling class are in every epoch the ruling ideas, i.e., the class which is the ruling material force of society, is, at the same time, its ruling intellectual force. (alright that one is Engels). But that’s where we are. Ruling class getting elected to say they know better and only their ideas are valid. See why party politics of any side is bad. Even the most left leaning party is filled with people from the ruling class, they just think/pretend they have a conscience. See the same schools and colleges and debating societies, see the political dynasties. They all know better because the political history lecture at TCD bastardised Plato and told them they were the ruling class.

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