A shelter pod placed outside the Central Bank on Dame Street, Dublin early this morning; what it says on the pod; and a video about living on the streets of the capital
Early this morning campaign group Gimme Shelter Ireland – which has no affiliation with any party or candidate – placed four shelter pods on streets across Dublin.
One was placed outside the Central Bank on Dame Street; one opposite the Dáil on Molesworth Street, next to the steps where Jonathan Corrie died in December 2014; one beside Busáras facing the Custom House; and one on O’Connell Street.
It’s understood the pod that was placed outside the Central Bank has already been removed.
The Gimme Shelter Team write:
“The pods are not a sustainable solution to Ireland’s homeless crisis. Sleeping in a cold plywood box is only marginally better than sleeping on the street. The desire to provide some semblance of shelter is born out of frustration and shame at the State’s efforts, or lack thereof, to robustly address the current housing emergency.”
“Those of us behind #gimmeshelterireland believe that each person sleeping rough on the streets of Ireland represents a failure of the State to protect people living in vulnerable situations. We believe that every family forced to seek refuge in inadequate emergency shelter is an affront to the well-being and dignity of all of the people of Ireland.”
“Ireland has ratified the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights. Both recognise the right to adequate housing as essential to ensuring basic human dignity is afforded to all.
“#gimmeshelterireland is a call for the right to adequate housing to be enshrined in the Constitution of Ireland. This would represent a concrete commitment to ensuring that the lives of all people living in Ireland are underpinned by dignity and rights. We ask all candidates running in the 2016 General Election make this commitment.”
A petition calling on the next Taoiseach to enshrine a right to adequate housing in the constitution can be signed here
Gimme Shelter Ireland