A protest against homelessness will be held in Dublin city with supporters meeting at the Garden of Remembrance at 1pm.
The group behind the protest call themselves The People’s Movement.
“We have an opportunity here and if we don’t take it then it will be another four years before we get this same opportunity again
“Our beautiful island is being run into the ground and our people treated inhumanely by those elected to do right by us.
“Every day they hurt people in some form, wether it’s being made homeless because people can’t afford the rent or from being evicted and people left to die on trolleys.
“Our hospitals are overcrowded and understaffed and not sufficiently equipped. Children are queuing at soup runs to eat and take home packed lunches so they can eat in school the next day, childhood memories tainted by the damp walls of uninhabitable B&Bs and squashed hotel rooms with parents who cry themselves to sleep.
“They are selling our public lands, denying our people social housing and privatising our most vital services, crippling families through extortionate rents and taxes, selling off our gas and oil resources, all while lining their already heavy pockets, the list goes on and on.
“And if I continued to name how much they hurt people you all know that I would be here all day. Haven’t you had enough?”
This morning Daniel McConnell, of The Irish Examiner, reports:
As many as one in four children in some of the most disadvantaged primary schools in the country are homeless, with principals warning that the real figures could be even higher.
Schools are reporting that the number of children aged between five and 12 presenting as homeless have increased significantly in the past three years.