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Early this morning, just after midnight.

At a homeless hostel in Dublin.

Lee, who is currently homeless, tweetz:

“I got a ‘bed’ in the end tonight and as I have been given a warning for posting on Twitter already I wont be mentioning names of hostels as I suspect I’m barred for posting about another one. A few pillow donations wouldnt go a miss. Bad enough like 20 in one room on the floors.”

And, Lee adds:


On RTÉ’s Claire Byrne Live last night.

Conor Skehan, the former chairman of the Housing Agency, was asked if he has an “issue” with the characterisation of the present homeless situation in Ireland as a “crisis”.

[The most recent figures from the Department of Housing show there were a record 9,968 people using emergency accommodation in Ireland in the final week of November]

Mr Skehan said:

“Housing is always going to be one of society’s pinch points and we can continue to allow ourselves, and the media, to be goaded into a situation of recognising any human need that’s unmet as a crisis.

“I’ve been trying for years to try to get them [the Government] to recognise and normalise the situation and getting dogs’ abuse for doing so.

“….we continuously allow ourselves to be goaded by people involved in advocacy which many others feel to be called ‘lobbying’ into trying to ignore the fact that we have equivalent levels of homelessness which is an incredible human tragedy to every other major country in Europe.”

Asked if that makes it right and if it’s normal to not have a place to live, Mr Skehan said:

It’s normal. It’s normal. It’s normal in the sense that human beings go through many different issues and emotional upheavals in their lives but there are particular ones that are equivalent of, we just talked about social media a minute ago – click bait – the ultimate emotional click bait that can be stimulated in another human being to say that somebody is without shelter.

“And it makes us vulnerable to emotional manipulation by that click bait, repeatedly pressing that point.”

“And you can open up a career for yourself in politics, you can open up a career for yourself in advocacy by pressing this button over and over again.”

Mr Skehan went on to claim the Government gives €152million a year to charities involved in homelessness. He said:

“The measure of a society is not that homelessness does not happen, the measure of the quality of the society we live in, is the speed with which we recognise, identify and rectify that situation. That’s the measure.

“But by trying to distort ourselves that we are, some how or other, as a Government, not doing anything about this or not doing enough about it, or not doing as much as can be done – that’s what’s causing resources to go to the wrong place.

“That’s what’s causing us to have a country that spends €152million of your money, every year, on charities that deal with homelessness. €152million  that could be spent on those people themselves. €152million of your money that’s being spent on their pension schemes,  and their premises.

“Have you seen the size of the main charity dealing with, Focus’s office building, up the top of Christchurch, have you seen the size? Their four-storey building?

“…Go and have a look, all of you. Go and have a look and then be outraged. Don’t be outraged with me.”


Watch back in full here




Via BollockstoBrexitBus

Charlie Taylor, in The Irish Times, reports:

A Nasdaq-listed cannabis grower plans to establish an Irish subsidiary early next year as it looks to gain a foothold in the European medical marijuana market.

Las Vegas-headquartered has said it will locate its European headquarters in Dublin ahead of its launch in mainland Europe.

The company initially intends to cultivate 10 acres of medical marijuana for export to a number of European countries, but does not state where it will grow the product.

US cannabis grower aims for high growth from Dublin HQ (The Irish Times)

Pic: MJ Holdings Inc (Facebook)

Media Coop has created a little film about some of Dublin’s most committed Christmas illuminators.

Colin Norris, of Media Coop, writes:

One of the neighbours, Mr Tilly, would be busy setting his lights up every year and we wanted to know why he did it? We ended up visiting homes in Sandymount, Crumlin and Palmerstown to meet the people who, every Christmas, light up their homes for their communities and the charities they support.

Meet Mr Tilly, Josie and Seanie as they invite us into their incredible homes and tell us about why they ‘Let it Glow’ each Christmas.

This morning/afternoon.

Teachers protest outside the English language school Grafton College in Portobello, Dublin 2, which has gone into liquidation – suddenly leaving staff without jobs and owed one month’s wages.

Teachers occupy premises of English language school (Emma O’Kelly, RTÉ)

Previously: College Drops Out

Top pic: Sauvignon Blanc



Intelligent life found in Dublin.

Film at 11.


José Jimenéz writes:

I thought I had seen everything. This selfish motorist decides to drive on the footway in order to avoid the traffic queue. Unbelievable!

Could not manage to get the reg, otherwise this would have gone straight to the gardaí.


The capital’s jams .


Otis Blue writes:

Here’s an interesting website that tells you how bad Dublin’s traffic congestion really is.

See Dublin In Motion (UrbanMobility)

Jason McSherry tweetz:

Recent sunrise pic flyout out of Dublin, Ireland on my way to move to Spain.

Meanwhile, yesterday…

Éadaoin tweetz:

Wonderful autumn colour still on display at Dublin’s Botanic Gardens.