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Outside the GPO, O’Connell Street, Dublin last Monday

This afternoon.

Homeless figures for January have been released….

The figure of 9,987 marks a rise of 234 people nationally when compared with the last month of 2018.

Housing Minister Eoghan Murphy has described the situation as “very disappointing”.

The Department of Housing report shows there were 6,363 adults requiring a bed in January and 3,624 children/dependants. When added together the figure is just 13 shy of the 10,000 landmark…

Homeless figures heading for 10,000 people in emergency accommodation (Indpendent.ie)


Depaul CEO Kerry Anthony said:

“It is disappointing to see the figures rise again and to see that there are almost 10,000 people experiencing homelessness and living in emergency accommodation. The rise in both adults and children is disappointing given that last month’s figures showed a decrease in the numbers.

The numbers suggest we need to do more in our efforts to stop individuals and families entering emergency accommodation. That requires input and action from all agencies and departments and we must ensure we are doing everything in our power to bring the numbers down.”


On Saturday, March 9.

At 2pm.

The National Homeless and Housing Coalition will hold a demonstration in Dublin.

They write:

“The coalition is supported by community groups, charities, NGO’s, student unions, political parties, trade unions, musicians and artists and we need to build on the momentum of last year that saw 18,000 people take to the streets in December.

…Rebuild Ireland has been an unmitigated disaster yet the cross party motion that was passed in the Dail in October that called for practical actions that would end the emergency, including making it illegal to evict someone into homelessness, were ignored by the government even though it was supported by all parties except Fine Gael. We are demanding action on the motion.

We also learned that 15 Dublin hotels received over €1m each in 2018 for accommodating homeless families which further illustrates the reliance on the private sector. These families need public housing built on public lands, they need proper homes.

Last year there were 842 cases of children being discharged from the Temple Street Emergency Department back into homeless emergency accommodation. The majority of these cases were a direct result of the fact that these children are living in completely unsuitable and cramped emergency accommodation.”

More details here

Earlier: “Lazy, Greedy Or Both”

Previously: The Home Crowd

Veterans to use ‘sleeping flags’ to highlight homelessness (Irish Times)

Previously: ‘As Much As €40,000 Each’

The Dublin Regional Homeless Executive (DRHE) has confirmed that it had a bed available for a homeless man being helped by campaigner Fr Peter McVerry last night, but whose identity could not be verified and who therefore could not be accommodated.

The DRHE’s Bevin Herbert confirmed the agency’s protocol was to verify the identity of anyone seeking a bed. If – as in last night’s case – the person was a first-time user of the service, and therefore not already registered on the DRHE system, he or she is asked to have the Gardaí verify their identity.

This is to ensure they are over 18, to confirm that no warrants are outstanding against them and there is no other security issue.

Homeless executive says identity protocol is necessary in assigning emergency beds (Irish Examiner)

Earlier: 92 People Sleeping In Freezing Temperatures



In the Dáil.

Sinn Féin leader Mary Lou McDonald told Housing Minister Eoghan Murphy that information from the homeless charity Inner City Helping Homeless indicated that there were no emergency beds available for 86 homeless people by 11.30pm on Tuesday night and they subsequently slept rough.

Mr Murphy responded by saying “no one will be turned away” from a bed as the cold weather initiative is under way – despite Ms McDonald having just told him that 86 people had slept rough.

The figure was disputed by Director of the Dublin Region Homeless Executive Eileen Gleeson last night.

Meanwhile, today…

Anthony Flynn, of Inner City Helping Homeless, tweetz:

With the continuous talk of beds for anyone who’s wants them the number of people sleeping rough last night rose. 77 men & 15 women a total of 92 people forced to sleeping in freezing tempatures. This is completely unacceptable the Minister must today respond!



Yesterday: “No One Will Be Turned Away”

Last night.

Eoin writes:

Within hours of the Oireachtas finishing up for Christmas (the Seanad was sitting yesterday), Minister for Housing Eoghan Murphy publishes the homeless in emergency accommodation numbers for November 2018.

A record 9,968 nationally are homeless. That includes a near record of 3,811 children.

In Dublin, a record 6,945 are homeless. That includes a near record 2,816 children.

The government is going to extreme lengths to keep people off the list to stop it breaching 10,000.

It’s estimated at least an addtional 600 are without a home and receiving support from the government homeless services.

Of course, it ignores rough sleepers which are a downward trend at the start of the year are increasing again.

And it ignores those who want their own accommodation but are stuck with family or friends or 8-in-a-double-bedroom bunks.

Let’s hope in 2019 the CSO take over the compilation of these numbers and Murphy is fired into back bench oblivion until the next election.

Meanwhile, the figure of 9,968 reflects an increase of 244 people since October when 9,724 people were recorded as staying in State-funded emergency accommodation.

Read full report here

Previously: ‘I’m Aware Of The Fact We’re Above 10,000’


From top: Baggott Street Bridge, Dublin 2 on Monday evening; Odessa Club and restaurant on Exchequer Street Dublin yesterday morning.


Yesterday; ‘It Doesn’t Seem Like Christmas This Year’


The GPO, O’Connell Street, Dublin 1 this morning

Anon writes:

If you work in Dublin city centre, and perhaps not even if you do, you walk past them many times a day.

They lie or sit on the street, in a way that travellers to Egypt, or Lisbon, or Turkey, may be familiar with. But it is not Egypt, or Lisbon, or Turkey, and the weather is wet, and cold, and the Dublin wind is vicious.

Their faces are red and mottled and their heads down, conserving their energy for the bigger fight of the night.

They lie sideways to shield themselves from the wind, in front of windows full of mannequins decked out in sequins and rhinestones, against the doors of the city’s institutes of higher education, or on the steps of museums and the GPO.

Some have lost work, others families, by death or divorce. In childhood, or after it, many, if not all have suffered pain during their lives, pain maybe even greater than that which they are suffering now.

Their existence challenges the comfortable universe which we are still entreated to believe exists in this country but which, inside, we know does not, and maybe never did.

To hide our pain and fear, we pretend that they do not exist, and, where this pretense is unavoidable, salve our wounds by blaming them for their misfortune.

When asking ourselves – what has brought them to this pass, we focus on the self-medication they have used to kill the pain, rather than the pain itself, and its causes deep in our society; we focus on their ill-judged disarrangement of their lives, rather than on the people responsible for this disarrangement; not them, but the people who are running this country have created a situation where citizens are being forced out of their homes by men with dogs employed by foreign firms, like something out of the Land League, the Black and Tans.

We pay heavy taxes to what we believe is an independent State to have this State run properly, to have homes for our people, hospitals for our sick, schools or our children, not just so that we and our families can have a safety net if things go wrong, but also so that we can live in a society in which people feel, safe, respected, cared for and able to get on with the wonderful business of living.

We live in a city where, despite all possible reasons to the contrary there are still people uncared for and neglected in this way, even if we ourselves never need this safety net, we are damaged and diminished in an irretrievable way by their pain, and our ignoring of it. Our perception is subtly shifted, places we loved seem tawdry, people we admired look hollow, our joy in life is taken away.

It doesn’t seem like Christmas this year.

And rather than asking: why is it this way, why do I seem so distressed when I have a job, a warm home, when I’m the lucky one, remember that no person is an island, that to ignore the suffering of others is ultimately to take away one’s joy in life, that to deny pain and fail to act out of fear, or to cling to a non-existent dream that all is alright (as RTE do) is to be a serf, and worse still to know it.

We live in a democracy. We are told we have the power. We need to start believing it, and, further, that a democracy is about, not just caring for others, but also for oneself. Because each other person’s pain affects us more than we know.


Last night.

O’Connell Street, Dublin 1.

Earlier: F Sharp