11 thoughts on “On The Edge

  1. Jdawgs

    It’s an addiction problem. Addiction and mental health problem and it’s a social problem. Wait outside the GPO early when it opens and see people coming out with their payments and the amount of dealers selling wraps of junk and pills is horrifying.

    1. Brian

      Agreed. There is also a housing crisis but that’s not the reasons for the tents. Mental health, drugs and social problems are at the forefront here. I agree that maybe getting these poor people into the system where they can get some help for these issues might be a good way of getting them to a better position in life. Keeping them on the street puts them at all sorts of risks.

      1. scottser

        it’s not a housing crisis, it’s the result of a concerted housing policy by successive governments to monetise housing in favour of developers, landlords, banks and investment funds.

  2. Jonickal

    Dublin is a unique capital city. We allow homeless people to pitch tents in the city centre because we don’t have the balls to say no. Yes there is a housing problem in this country, but that doesn’t mean we cannot tackle multiple issues at the same time.

    1. Verbatim

      Nothing unique about Dublin, there are tent cities going up in many cities throughout Europe and the western world. Do you honestly think the government is going to supply accommodation for these people? One thing that’ll work is if you move over in your own bed. Welcome to the future.

  3. Madam x

    Homelessness is not just drugs. That’s the narrative DCC would like you to believe. Hostels for homeless people are not fit for purpose simply because mixing drug addicts with those who don’t do drugs does not work. There are safety issues theft issues and now pandemic health issues for those who are homeless through no fault of drug misuse. Most sleep on the street because it’s safer rather than choose a mat on a floor with both males and females sleeping side by side. No woman in her right mind would enter a hostel under those conditions. DCC could fix the homeless situation if there was a will to do it. But there is no political will. Until policy decisions are taken based on need and the safety of homeless people who are not drug users etc. expect more homeless on our streets. Talk to any out reach charity and all will tell you the same thing. If you want to change things raise these issues with your councillors and TDs, and built affordable social housing, which we managed to do 60 years ago when we had no money. Again political will from landlord TDs is blocking sensible solutions aided and abetted by FFFGG

  4. Nigel

    There’d be complaints about the effect on property prices, except that government policy is geared to keep those artificially high. Leading to, y’know, more people in tents, making the city ‘edgy.’

  5. Birdie

    I would imagine the vast majority of addicts in this country suffered some childhood sexual and physical trauma that more then likely is a generational thing from brutal church run schools and homes… that trauma doesn’t just disappear.

    1. Jdawgs

      I think a vast amount of addicts are born to people with addiction issues. They unfortunately have learned a lot of bad examples. They has gone on for generations from the tenements.

  6. scottser

    I see poor Anthony Flynn killed himself over the allegations of sexual misconduct and stealing the few bob.

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