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This morning.

Cook Street, Dublin 8

The scene where a homeless man died on Tuesday night.

The Poland-born man was the 27th person to die on Ireland’s streets in the last 16 months, according to Inner City Helping Homeless (ICCH)

Last month, the body of Poland-born Krzysztof Ciesielski was found on a park bench in Monaghan town.

Yesterday: In Dublin 8

Rollingnews

The Living Rent group in Scotland urging a French-style ‘Winter Break’ from evictions between November and March.

Pete Glavey writes:

This type of action is what should be looking at…

As France eviction ‘truce’ begins, Living Rent call for a Scottish Winter Break (CommonSpace)

Winter Break (LivingRent)

Yesterday’s Fine Gael photo opportunity to support Michael D Higgins’ re-election in Grafton Street, Dublin 2 close to where the homeless are served soup and tea

Yesterday: Cosy

Gardaí have removed four housing activists who were occupying the council chamber at Cork City Hall.

The group who began their occupation at 11am this morning are calling on Cork City Council to declare a National Emergency on housing and homelessness and also to write to the Government requesting that a National Emergency Committee be established to deal with it.

A public protest will take place outside City Hall this evening at 5pm.

Update: Gardaí remove four housing activists occupying Cork City Hall (irish Examiner)

The grounds of Galway City Hall where the remains of a homeless man was discovered

Gardaí were called to the scene after midday, where the man’s remains were located in an area covered with shrubbery a short distance from the main Galway City Council building.

It is understood the man was homeless and originally from the Galway area.

His body has been taken to University Hospital Galway, where a postmortem examination will be carried out.

Man’s body discovered in grounds of Galway City Hall (RTÉ)

Queue for an apartment viewing in Ringsend, Dublin 4 last year

Via homeless charity Threshold:

We have been dealing with cases of people being charged just simply to view rented accommodation.

One woman who contacted us contacted a letting agency and was told that she could view the property that afternoon – but that she’d have to pay a €500 fee.

Another woman seeking a HAP [Housing Assistance Programme] tenancywas required to pay a €300 deposit to an agency. After being informed that the property was above the HAP limit, the woman could not sign the lease. The agency, however, refused to refund her money.

Anne Marie McNally, of the Soc Dems writes:

“This practice is outrageous and exploitative….The law on extra charges being applied by landlords is in fact very far from clear and needs to be clarified by the government as a matter of urgency.

I have also heard of landlords seeking to charge tenants extra for bin collections and car parking. In some cases,

it’s clear that these extra fees are being used to bump up rents indirectly, so as to circumvent the current rent caps.”

Anyone?

ANYONE?

Threshold (Facebook)

Housing Minister Eoghan Murphy

This morning.

On RTÉ’s Morning Ireland.

RTÉ’s Education Correspondent Emma O’Kelly re-interviewed a homeless family whom she interviewed in September 2017.

At the time of last year’s interview, 18-year-old Amanda* said living in a hotel, for a year at that point, had offered her “no privacy” and “no peaceful time”.

She also feared that people at her school, because of her situation, would decide she was “scum”.

Ms O’Kelly started off her report saying “nothing has changed for this family” and explained that the family – a mother, two daughters and one son – are still living in the same hotel room.

In this morning’s report, a tearful Amanda told Ms O’Kelly:

“You want to voice what’s actually going on, the truth with everything, but you are sometimes afraid, and, just, your voice is gone.”

“In my old school, for example a lad started shouting ‘oh, yeah, you’re living the high life, if you’re homeless. You know, you get your bedroom, you’re living in a high-class hotel, you’re getting  your food paid for you and everything. You can just around doing nothing, waiting for a house that’s paid for you.

“And I’m sitting there in tears. I can’t hide it because it’s not the high life. You’re living with stench of people, cooking food in rooms, rotten away with mould and everything else.

“I feel like I’ve been stolen of most of my life.”

Amanda also told Ms O’Kelly that her mental health is deteriorating, saying:

“People need to know that it is deadly to live like this. You do just want to…you feel like you have no life left living in here with no help, no sense of security, you just think what’s the point. You really do.”

Amanda also said that it’s the job of Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and Housing Minister Eoghan Murphy, and “everyone else that’s sitting in that Dáil” to fix the homeless crisis.

She said “it’s their job to care” and if they don’t, then the job should be given to someone else.

Meanwhile, last year…

After Amanda spoke on Morning Ireland in September 2017, Housing Minister Eoghan Murphy said:

“It’s probably one of the most important contributions to this debate that we’ve heard in the past number of months. 

“…the bravery they had this morning to come out and tell the country about their particular circumstances, I think was very brave but very important that people understand what these families are facing…”

*Amanda is not her real name.

This morning’s interview can be listened to in full here

‘Your voice is gone’ – student speaks of being homeless (Emma O’Kelly, RTE)

Previously: ‘Will They Still Be Your Friend? Or Will They Find You Scum?’

Rollingnews

UPDATE:

From top: A cruise ship earmarked for the homeless in San Fransisco, USA;  Fr Peter McVerry at the Raise The Roof protest yesterday

This morning.

Jack Power, in The Irish Times, reported on correspondence he obtained under the Freedom of Information Act which shows that Dublin City Council had been considering a plan to house up to 150 homeless people on a rented cruise ship.

The plan was later shelved.

But Mr Power has since been told by the council that “it is something we are not ruling out”.

The correspondence obtained under FOI also showed that the council believed meeting Housing Minister Eoghan Murphy’s target of housing 300 extra homeless families in family hubs by the end of the year was “unlikely to be achieved”.

City council refloat idea of housing homeless on cruise ship (Jack Power, The Irish Times)

Further to this…

On RTÉ Radio One’s Today with Seán O’Rourke, homeless campaigner Fr Peter McVerry said the ship proposal was a “non-runner”.

He said the council wouldn’t be able to afford to hire a large cruise ship or have one docked close enough to Dublin city centre which is where it would be needed.

He then said:

“Part of the problem is the number of people and families who are coming into homelessness is far greater than the number that the local authorities are able to house.

“Until we stop the flow of families coming into homelessness, we’re going to be coming up with all these mad solutions. The way to stop the vast majority of families coming into homelessness is to legislate – to make it illegal for banks, vulture funds, or landlords to put families out onto the streets.

“…For three years. We have an emergency, let’s have a three-year emergency action, you stop these families, most of them coming into homeless, and then you’re in a position to deal with the families who are currently homeless.”

Fine Gael councillor at Dublin City Council Paddy Smyth disagreed.

He said:

I hate to play the bad guy here but what… the unintended consequences of that would be less houses would be built because if you have a market where, essentially, you don’t have to pay a mortgage and you don’t have to pay rent, for whatever reason, ok, for whatever reason, and there’s no recourse to that…

It means that people who would provide housing, who would build housing, who would provide mortgages will not do that in that market and that is reality.

“That seems cold-hearted but that is the reality of the situation. So yes, we must make sure that people aren’t evicted illegally but, essentially, if you decided that no evictions were allowed from now on, or people should not tenancies anymore, it would mean that less houses would be built so it would.

“And that would be the unintended consequence. I’m sorry. I’m sorry to be the only grown-up in this conversation here – but that is the problem there.”

Fr McVerry disagreed with Cllr Smyth and said during the three-year moratorium, if someone is selling a commercial property, and there are tenants living over the property, than the tenants shouldn’t be affected by the sale.

Fr McVerry also said if a bank wants to sell a repossessed house, the bank should sell it with the tenants left unaffected.

Listen back in full here

Leah Farrell/Rollingnews

Hardcore.

Earlier: Revolting

This morning’s Irish Daily Mail

‘We can’t link the deaths to their living situation, but it was possibly a contributory factor.

For a family living in emergency accommodation, it is very stressful and distressful. To have a tragedy like this, it compounds their distress.

It’s intolerable. This family on compassionate grounds should be given a council house.’

Fr Peter McVerry on the homeless mother who gave birth to stillborn twins in a Dublin hotel and then carried her them to a Dublin hospital. The mother-of-three has been living in emergency accommodation for a year.

Earlier: De Monday Papers