Outside Dublin City Council’s offices on Wood Quay, Dublin 8.
A protest highlighting Ireland’s growing homeless and housing crisis – organised by Inner City Helping Homeless, of which Cllr Anthony Flynn (above) is founder and Andy O’Sullivan (pics one, two and three) is a volunteer – is taking place.
Cork has 402 adults #homeless whilst there’s enough residential land available to potentially build 25,995 dwellings plus on Cork Vacant Site Register, 18 sites with a valuation of €21m and three belong to #Cork City Council at €8.35m.
Yet we wonder why there’s a #HousingCrisispic.twitter.com/C9IQeaQ1cX
I wasn’t trying to suggest anything of the sort. I was trying to fully understand the statistics the witness had referred to. Linking my comments to the suicdal ideation part of the discussion is intentionally inflammatory & quite unbelievable actually.
I’ve just received the expenditure by Homeless Dublin for the 2018 period (above). The figures are to say the least outrageous. A total of €141,147,361 was spent in Dublin alone. A full and complete review is needed here…
Last month, to mark the fact that 10,000 Irish people found themselves officially homeless, I published an interview I did in Helsinki with Juha Kaakinen (above).
Juha is the man behind the policies that have seen homelessness in Finland drop drastically since they were introduced (see graph, centre).
These are tried, tested and successful solution that are working in a country with a similar population to Ireland’s.
Now, a lot of political people follow me on Twitter, and I know they have seen this interview – not only that, but Juha has also been to Ireland to speak on this very subject.
The figure that originally prompted me to publish the interview in full has since risen to 10,300. Of them, over 3000 are children.
The only logical conclusion one can draw is not that Irish politicians are ignorant of how the problem of homelessness must be solved. It is that they are very much aware of what they need to do, but they choose not to.
To put it bluntly, the people in power in Ireland are ideologically opposed to doing what is necessary to solve the crises of homelessness and housing. That’s fine – Ireland voted for them, and we have to own our democratic choices.
But whether you are a politician in a power or a voter heading to the ballot box, from the moment you hear what Juha Kaakinen has to say, you can no longer say that you didn’t know.
Philip O’Connoris an Irish freelance journalist living in Stockholm. You can support his work by visiting his Patreon account here
The Department of Housing has revealed that a total of 10,305 people accessed emergency accommodation in the month of March.
There are now 3,821 children homeless in Ireland with a total of 6,484 adults experiencing homelessness also.
Depaul CEO Kerry Anthony said:
“Recently we have seen in some of our emergency accommodations that over 50% of those new to homeless were between the ages of 18-34. It is important to point out that this is a sample representing Depaul’s emergency services however, for some young adults in our society that means starting your adult life off as homeless. We believe nobody should be faced with that prospect when they have so much to give and are at such a young age.”