The Clearing


The scene along the Grand Canal in Dublin after Elias Adane was seriously injured after the tent he was sleeping in was removed by an “industrial vehicle” while he was still in the tent in January. The clearing was made within hours of the General Election 2020 being called.

At the weekend.

Colin Coyle, in The Sunday Times, reported:

A homeless man who was seriously injured in January, when a digger tried to clear his tent from beside the Grand Canal in Dublin, has launched a High Court action against Dublin city council and Waterways Ireland.

…Elias Adane, the homeless man, is reported to have sustained life-changing injuries, including damage to his spinal cord. He remains in hospital.

Adane, originally from Eritrea, had been living in a tent at Wilton Terrace, near Leeson Street Bridge, for several months before the incident.

…Adane is being represented in the legal action by solicitor KOD Lyons. He came to Ireland in 2005 as an unaccompanied minor and had been homeless for several years.

Dublin tent victim Elias Adane takes fight to High Court (Colin Coyle, The Sunday Times)

Previously: “Those Tents, They Couldn’t Remain There. It Wasn’t Safe For Them”

At Leeson Street Bridge [Updated]

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9 thoughts on “The Clearing

  1. Dr.Fart

    poor fella. hope he gets well compensated. he’ll be up against it with the judges we have in Ireland.

    1. Cian

      “he’ll be up against it” up against what?

      This is fairly straightforward case – there isn’t (as far as I can see) any question of liability. This should be settled out of court. It is in his interest and the State’s interest to quickly reach a fair compensation.

      The only people who gain from dragging this out is the solicitors – since legal costs are paid separate to any compensation award.

  2. John Davis

    I wonder how many millions this guy will end up costing the state. While no fault of his own its is the fault of the state.

  3. Daisy Chainsaw

    You can’t help but be drawn to Eoghan Murphy’s election poster. Useless overseer of the homeless crisis looking down on people reduced to living in a tent on the canal because of his ineffectiveness.

    1. Bodger

      The incident occurred within hours of the election being called and posters going up. Would that account for the apparent haste?

      1. V'ness

        It could
        Very easily in fact
        Minister for Housing and Homeless is also the Minister for Local Authorities

        The lad in the Poster there

        1. Cian

          Typical inept Irish politicians.

          In a proper democracy the politician would gave got the clean-up done before calling the election.

          1. White Dove

            Disgraceful if correct. Thanks for highlighting, I might just have a word with my constituency TD Mr Murphy.

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