Constantin Gurdgiev tweetz:
Congratulations, #Ireland! We’ve done it again. Another housing crisis, and we are the second WORST in the world in terms of housing affordability.
This week, over SIX HUNDRED undocumented people sent these postcards to Ministers Flanagan & Humphreys to remind them that in communities, homes & businesses all over Ireland, undocumented people are doing work that is *essential* to Irish society. #TheOtherUndocumentedIrish
Anyone else want to reminisce about back went Dublin was merely expensive and not eye-watering and unsustainably exhorbitant as it is now? Important to not fall into the trap of thinking our current situation need be regarded as normal. https://t.co/AIYydSOfon
— Dublin Central Housing Action (@D_C_H_A) March 15, 2019
Lived in Dublin 2006-2009, last days of the Celtic Tiger, hard to get a flat. Paid €450 for a double in a tiny 3 bed. Thought THAT was out of control. Now a friend pays double that for a room in a 4 bed in Ballsbridge. His one room costs more than my mortgage in Montreal.
— Emer O’Toole (@Emer_OToole) March 15, 2019
Snowbie, who describes themselves as an amateur UK/Ireland weather historian and student, tweetz:
Maximum wind gusts for Storm Gareth in comparison with other storms of the season and the 2010s decade at Irish stations. Colour coded based on the warning system.
Red = In excess of 130kph
Orange/amber = 111 to 130kph
Yellow = 90 to 110kph
Carlow Weather tweetz:
Two planes playing X and O in the Sky 😁 plenty of bright spells over Carlow but cloud increasing from the West as winds start to ease off here.
Rory O’Farrell, of the OECD, tweetz:
Ireland has the EU’s 3rd fastest rising house prices.
Increase in supply of new homes is working. More new homes built in 2018 than any other year this decade. Hard at work creating the conditions for even more in 2019 https://t.co/Y3yci4XfPs
— Leo Varadkar (@campaignforleo) January 18, 2019
Earlier: Not Fit To Hold A Candle
Chester House in Dublin 7 was the location of an unregistered hostel for 27 separated teenage girls seeking asylum in 2009 and where the Children’s Ombudsman found the only staff present at night were two security staff
Between 2010 and 2017, 28 “unaccompanied minors” or “separated children” went missing from State care.
These are people under the age of 18 who arrive in Ireland seeking asylum without being accompanied by a parent or a guardian.
According to Tusla, four separated children went missing in 2010; six in 2011; two in 2012; two in 2013; one in 2014; five in 2015; five in 2016; and three in 2017.
Separated children don’t reside in the Direct Provision system, where other asylum seeking adults and families reside.
Instead, since 2010, separated children have been mainly cared for in foster care settings.
This followed a decade of separated children largely residing in mainly unsupervised hostels – from which hundreds such children went missing.
For example, in June 2007, five Nigerian girls, the youngest of whom was aged 11, went missing from their accommodation in Ireland and there were fears at the time that they were being used in Ireland’s sex industry.
In a 2009 report by the then Children’s Ombudsman Emily Logan, she found a stark difference between the unregistered (seven) and registered hostels (two) used by separated children in Dublin at that time.
She examined the unregistered hostels with addresses at Staircase Hostel and Brehon House, both in Dublin city centre and both of which accommodated 30 people; Sandford House, Dublin 6; Chester House, Dublin 7: Ashton House, Dublin 9; and Riversdale in Co Dublin.
The registered hostels she examined were Lansa House, Dublin 4 (which opened in 2008); and Belleview House, Dublin 24 – both of which accommodated six young people.
She found the registered hostels were run by care staff, while the unregistered hostels were run by managers who were not qualified care workers.
She found that, at night time in the unregistered hostels, the only staff present would have been security staff – while registered hostels would have had five qualified care staff at any one time during the day and two available at night time.
At the time of writing her report, Ms Logan also wrote about the “alarming” number of children who were disappearing from State care.
This Is My Life: Growing Up Undocumented In Ireland
A new film made in collaboration with Migrant Rights Centre Ireland, Young, Paperless and Powerful and Blue Hue Productions
Greg Byrne writes:
“Right now there’s no line for them to join. No form they can fill out. No way to lift the burden of growing up undocumented in Ireland. Let’s change that. Young, Paperless and Powerful are showing what it’s like to grow up undocumented in Ireland. They know the problems and they have the solution. It’s time for everyone else to listen.”
Previously: Paperless Birthday Card
You report that the United Nations has found that Ireland is one of the best places to live. According to the UN’s Human Development Programme Index, we sit behind only Norway, Switzerland and Australia.
This is very strange because, based on a lifetime of reading The Irish Times and listening to RTÉ, I had assumed I lived in a backward, misogynistic, capitalist hellhole.
The European Union’s statistical organisation Eurostat has published its regional yearbook for 2018.
In relation to the GDP of countries within the EU, Eurostat has found:
“One of the most striking details of the map [top] is the presence of pockets of relatively high wealth creation that are apparent for almost every capital city region.
“Nowhere was this more apparent than in one of the two capital city regions of the United Kingdom, Inner London – West, where GDP per capita was more than six times as high as the EU-28 average in 2016 (611 %).
“The next highest ratios were recorded in Luxembourg (a single region at this level of detail; 258 %), Southern and Eastern (the Irish capital city region; 217%) and Région de Bruxelles-Capitale / Brussels Hoofdstedelijk Gewest (the Belgian capital city region; 200%).
“These were the only four regions across the EU where GDP per capita was at least twice as high as the EU-28 average, although Hamburg (Germany) had a ratio that was only slightly lower and was atypical insofar as its GDP per capita was above that recorded for the German capital region of Berlin.”
The report can be read in full here