Monday 16 October 2017

Begging? But I thought it was freedom of expression?

Money matters: There is a begging problem on Dublin’s Grafton Street
Money matters: There is a begging problem on Dublin’s Grafton Street

During one of those lovely, unseasonably warm days last week I passed an old guy, on his knees, praying on the street.

It was the middle of the afternoon, it was busy, people were rushing and bustling about, but for some reason, there was something particularly affecting about this poor sod.

Looking like he was in his 60s – which means nothing given the physical toll life on the streets will take – his eyes were shut and he held his hands out in supplication.

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