Tag Archives: Homeless

This afternoon.

Parnell Square, Dublin 2

Miles Kavanagh dressed as Elvis (above) joins a protest against homelessness from Parnell Square to the Dáil.

More as we get it.


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This afternoon.

The march passes, from top: O’Connell Street (pics 1 and 2) and Grafton Street before arriving at Kildare Street (above).

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As snow and freezing temperatures hit Britain last January, a small group of friends decided to put a rail outside a London church with some warm clothes on it. Beside the rail we placed a sign which read: “If you’re cold, take one. If you can help, leave one.” What happened next was remarkable.

By the afternoon the clothes rail was full. People living and working near Exmouth Market had donated jackets and coats as well as gloves, hats, scarves and blankets; passing homeless people were helping themselves to whatever they needed.

As well as the clothes rail, ‘pledge cards’ had been created which enabled people to offer homeless people free food, drinks and other services. These pledge cards could be bought by locals from shops at a discounted price or donated by shopkeepers .

More than 100 meals and hot drinks were donated in the first day alone, in the form of pledges, and more than a dozen businesses on the street got involved.

The rail stayed for the entire winter, being replenished each day with warm clothes and spawning similar initiatives around London and Britain.

In fairness.

‘Need a coat? Take one. Want to help? Leave one’: Tackling the scourge of homelessness in the UK (Stefan Simanowitz, Ceasefire Magazine)

Thanks Bebe

Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government, Eoghan Murphy

This morning/afternoon.

The Social Democrats will  bring a motion of no confidence in the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government, Eoghan Murphy to the floor of the Dáil next week.

It comes, according to RTE, amid speculation that Fine Gael TD Dara Murphy is set’ to resign his seat in the Dáil to take up a job in the European Commission’.

Catherine Murphy , co-leader of the Social Democrats, said:

“Our housing situation has gone beyond a crisis and has been an emergency for a long time. This Minister and this Government have abjectly failed Irish families, our communities and our economy in not getting to grips with the chronic lack of housing that is affordable to buy or rent.

“The Minister’s trots out his plan – Rebuilding Ireland – but he can’t even meet the tame targets set in that plan. It is failure upon failure. And the consequences for real people are appalling.”

Roisín Shortall, Ms Murphy’s fellow co-leader, added:

On almost every door in the by-elections, our candidates in Cork North Central, Dublin Mid West and Dublin Fingal hear the same story of an emergency in housing.”


A spokesperson for Minister Murphy said the motion is an “election stunt” ahead of the by-elections on Friday.

“This is pathetic and the Social Democrats would be better using their time seeking support for a constructive solution rather than a stunt that will not pass,” the spokesperson said.

Social Democrats to table no-confidence motion in Murphy (RTÉ)



Homeless campaigner Sister Stanislaus Kennedy ‘Sr Stan’ made an urgent appeal for donations as she launched Focus Ireland’s Christmas appeal (with the charity’s youngest supporter, 3-week old Amélie Conney, and mother Aoife who works for the charity).

Over 140 babies were born into homelessness in the nearly 600 families supported by the charity in Dublin alone.

Focus Ireland

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This morning.

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.

Top pic: Hannah Elizabeth Murphy

Yesterday: Working Rough

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The local authority said capacity has been sourced at three additional locations to replace the beds closing in Brú and there will be an overall increase in the number of available beds.

Those currently sleeping in the hostel, which is used on a “one-night only” basis, will be accommodated in new facilities.

It is understood that not all of the replacement beds will be available immediately and not all are based in the city centre.

Homeless hostel in Dublin city centre set to close (RTÉ)


Jonny O’Malley, founder of funding hub Go Raffle It, writes:

We are running a raffle in aid of a not for profit Homeless organisation called Friends Helping Friends…

They do awesome work supplying hot meals on the street for the homeless and less fortunate people and also supply their other basic needs too such as clothing and toiletries.

Tickets (at link below) are only €10 each (you can buy multipe) to be in with a chance of winning a €500 All4One gift voucher. Thanks for your help folks ….

Friends Helping Friends 500 One4All Gift Voucher (GoRaffleIt)