Tag Archives: Homeless

From top: Interior of bus: Cork’s 96FM’s PJ Coogan (lefgt) with Patrick (centre) and Adrian Walsh

This morning.

Cork’s 96FM Opinion Line with PJ Coogan.

PJ Coogan speaking to Patrick Walsh and his son Adrian, who have been living in a disused bus near a river just 15 minutes from Cork City Centre.

Deirdre O’Shaughnessy  writes:

They heat the bus with diesel from their van. They use a chemical toilet, and they wash in the nearby river, which regularly floods. The windows of the bus blew in during the recent stormy weather.

Adrian has a brain injury and has numerous medical problems. His mother, who used to wash clothes and cook for the men, died suddenly in May.

They are currently receiving assistance from Saint Vincent de Paul and Headway but their situation is looking increasingly desperate as Winter approaches…

96FM


Homeless and housing charity empires have sprung up in the last 20 years without any proper independent oversight and governance, says Dublin City Councillor Mannix Flynn (above)

In a no-holds-barred polemic, Independent Dublin City Councillor Mannix Flynn, writing in Village (full article at link below), takes on the homelessness ‘industry’….

‘…The Peter Mc Verry Trust, Focus Ireland, The Simon community, De Paul and the myriad approved housing bodies are worth tens of millions. With tens of millions on deposit.

Not-for-profit does not indicate non-commercial. Scandalously, homelessness is a business like any other, except when it comes to accountability and transparency.

Many of these entities have become fiefs in competition with each other for clients and real estate. One is reminded of the residential institutions and their greed to fill their institutions with the poor in order to make money per head

Homeless and housing charity empires have sprung up in the last 20 years without any proper independent oversight and governance. Vast sums of money and sprawling assets are under the control of these untouchables. What’s at play here is agency-capture as worthy intentions get corrupted by entanglements with conservative bureaucracy.

The saying goes that ‘the road to hell is paved with good intentions’. It was a byword for many of our grandest institutions like the Catholic Church.

…The CEOs of these institutions, the supposed charities, are on top dollar.

They control huge resources and operate like corporations. In 2016 Ashley Balbirnie, CEO of Focus Ireland, drew a €115,000 salary for overseeing 327 staff with revenue of €19,596,418 in 2014. Kerry Anthony, CEO of Depaul Ireland, drew an €82,831 salary for overseeing, including in Northern Ireland, 325 staff and revenue of €12,923,195. Joyce Loughnan of Focus Ireland was drawing €125,000 in 2013. In 2014, Dublin Simon’s chief executive, Sam McGuinness, was on a salary of €93,338.

A 2018 survey by the Wheel suggested of all charities the homelessness ones paid their CEOs the most, with average salaries of over €80,000.

…According to the Irish Times, in 2014 staff costs at the four main homeless agencies in the city absorbed all funds, and more, granted them by the State for the provision of homelessness services.

Dublin Simon, the Peter McVerry Trust, Depaul Ireland and Focus Ireland received a total of €33.6 million in grants from State agencies in 2014, but spent €35.8 million on staff costs on the 875 people they employed in 2014.

…As the canal banks fill up with tents and the footpaths with sleeping bags with no end of hand-wringing, anyone can slap on a hi-vis jacket and call themselves an outreach worker. Within a short space of time they can elevate themselves to becoming senior executives, or their own CEO…

Agency Capture Part 1: Homelessness (Mannix Flynn, Village)

Rollingnews

Last night.

Bank of Ireland, College Green, Dublin 2.

Glenda Harrington [a volunteer with Friends Helping Friends, a north inner city-based soup run which provides food, clothes, and sleeping bags to the homeless and poor] writes:

Some nights are harder than others…

Mick Caul writes:

I never thought, in my lifetime, children would be queuing on the streets of Dublin to get a cooked meal at night. And I never believed people would just accept it.

Friends Helping Friends

Last night.

‘Black cloud over homeless services’ in Dublin as five people die in a week (Irish Examiner)

Rollingnews

Gulp.

Anyone?

This afternoon.

Grangegorman, Dublin 7.

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar (right) and  Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government, Eoghan Murphy (second left) visit the HSE Dublin Covid 19 ‘response hub’, equipped with the latest Dell laptop.

The hub is coordinating the response to Covid-19 for the ‘homeless population’ across the of Dublin Regional Homeless Executive Area.

Casual Wednesday obviously.

Leon Farrell/Photocall Ireland

Update:

Outside the hub.

The ‘circle of trust’.

Photocall Ireland

Meanwhile…

Ah here.

At a protest against the homeless and housing crisis on Dublin’s O’Connell Street last November

Meanwhile…

Over 1,000 more beds created for emergency accommodation – DCC (RTÉ)