Ireland: Tragic Rise in Number of Homeless


The number of homeless families has risen by 76% since the start of the year, according to new figures from the Department of the Environment.

At the beginning of September the President of Ireland, Michael D Higgins stated that, “I think it’s important to realise how inequalities are increasing in Ireland itself. I recoil a little bit from a headline that suggests ‘The economy roars back – well, the inequalities are roaring much louder in the world”. Tony Geoghegan, Chief Executive of Merchant Quay Ireland, said he hoped that it wouldn’t take something as extreme as people dying on the streets, before there is a response by the Dublin government.

Unfortunately a homeless man was found dead in Dawson Lane in Dublin city centre on Friday last, 25th September. He has been named as Alan Murphy, in his mid-30s who was from Co. Kildare. Murphy’s death took place just a few hundred yards from where Jonathan Corrie died in a doorway on Molesworth Street in December 2014.

Dublin Simon Community has warned that the number of people sleeping rough is the highest it has ever been and that more homeless people could die as winter sets in. According to Simon some 124 people are bedding down in the city. This doesn’t include the 50-60 people accessing the Night Café each night. “It must be stressed that these are absolute minimum figures, as this does not include the ‘hidden homeless who are couch surfing, staying in squats, hospitals or temporary B & Bs.”

Bizarrely, An Garda Síochána shut down a stall handing out food and clothes to the homeless on Dublin’s Grafton Street, run by the charity March for the Homeless, on the grounds that the group were ‘in breach of Dublin City Council regulations and were causing a safety concern’. A spokesperson for the group, Darren Bradley stated that they “will not be going nowhere” and intend to carry on with their work.
Meanwhile the Dublin government and Dublin City Council are working on new strategies to cope with this emergency. This problem is not confined to Dublin, although it is the worst hit, other areas across the 26 counties are facing a similar crisis.

Submitted by International Branch Secretary.


Issued by: The Celtic News


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