Tuesday 17 January 2017

Oh, what fun we had, with homelessness

Politicians preside over suffering, the Dail plays with pain... welcome to the New Politics Show

Published 27/11/2016 | 02:30

Illustration by Tom Halliday
Illustration by Tom Halliday

This happened last Thursday. It's on the official record of the Dail - page 15, for November 24, 2016 Leaders' Questions. If you can stomach it. You think they've learned, you hope they've learned, and then you look at what's happening - and you know that for them it's not about achieving things; it's about keeping the show going.

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The nights have taken a turn, but nothing like as cold as it's going to get. A good time, you might think, for politicians to look frankly at homelessness.

What, they might ask, will the long-term effects be, for hundreds of children on whom the B&B culture is inflicted, through no fault of their parents?

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