Eden Quay, Dublin 1.
Members of the ‘Revolutionary Workers Union’ protest at the Salvation Army-owned Lefroy House.
Eden Quay, Dublin 1.
The Salvation Army Ireland yesterday secured a High Court injunction requiring persons to vacate Lefroy House after members of a group calling itself the Revolutionary Workers Union entered the property earlier this month and then refused to leave.
Via Irish Times:
The building, on which the Salvation Army holds a long lease, had been operated as emergency accommodation for minors in crisis for many years until its closure early last year when funding ceased. The charity had been renovating the property to accommodate refugees fleeing the war in Ukraine and had hoped to open its doors to a first group next month.
Plans were put on hold after the building was allegedly broken into and occupied on May 1st last The court heard that in social media posts the group, which has renamed the property James Connolly House, claims it intends to use the building to accommodate homeless people.
Salvation Army secures injunction requiring alleged trespassers to vacate Dublin building (Irish Times)
Off Dame Street, Dublin 2.
Last week: Rough Numbers
The Official Spring Count of people sleeping rough in the Dublin Region was carried out over the week of March 28–April 3.
A total of 91 individuals were confirmed as rough sleeping, a reduction of 34 persons (27%) on the same period last year.
Via Dublin City Council:
Of the 91 people met rough sleeping, 72 had previously been assessed by the DRHE for homeless services, and the remaining 19 persons were being actively engaged with by the Outreach team be assessed by homeless services.
The main characteristics of the group known to the Duiblin Regional Homeless Executive (DRHE) were as follows:
The majority of the people confirmed as rough sleeping were male, Irish and aged between 26-45 years.
79% were linked with one of the four Dublin local authorities.
31% were using tents and 69% were not.
13 individuals were found rough sleeping in both the Winter 2021 and Spring 2022 counts. A number of these are being targeted for a Housing First response, which will provide them with permanent housing and visiting supports to help them sustain their home.
9 individuals (12%) recorded as rough sleeping had an active tenancy.
In the April 2022 count, 20 individuals (28%) accessed Emergency Accommodation during the week. The majority (94%) of rough sleepers had accessed Emergency Accommodation at some stage prior to the count week.
Earlier: Laid Bare
Grafton Street, Dublin 2.
Off Grafton Street, Dublin 2.
Last night/this morning.
‘Berlin: Homeless people without 3G (fully vaccinated, tested, or recovered) proof are no longer allowed to seek refuge from the cold on platforms. The Senate regrets the decision, but remains tough.’
3G in Berlin: Senat verbannt Obdachlose von Bahnsteigen (Berliner Zeitung)
Via James Lindsey
Leinster House, Kildare Styreet, Dublin 2
The launch of a Focus Ireland campaign for UN World Children’s Day (tomorrow) calling for an end to child homelessness as a ‘first step in delivering the Government commitment to end homelessness by 2030’.
A petition has been set up here.
Sasko Lazarov/Photocall Ireland
Unidentified location, Dublin.
Rory O’Connor, aka comedian Rory’s Stories, on behalf of Focus Ireland and Bord Gáis Energy, launching Shine A Light Night on October 15, which calls on people to sleep out in their homes or gardens to help raise funds ‘to help end family homelessness in Ireland’.
Rory is featured (above) with a note written by a child experiencing homelessness in Ireland projected on the wall behind him. According to latest figures from Focus Ireland, 8,212 people are homeless in Ireland which includes 953 families and 2,189 children.
Shine A Light
Leon Farrell/Photocall Ireland