Friday 9 December 2016

Liz O'Donnell : Cuts to most vulnerable a new low -- even in an age of austerity

Published 14/01/2014 | 02:30

No-one should have to sleep rough on our streets
No-one should have to sleep rough on our streets

Even in a climate of austerity, it's shocking that Dublin Corporation is to make cuts in funding for the homeless as well as home grants for the elderly and people with disabilities. Set against Irish Water's €50m spend on consultants, the move is perverse.

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We have been experiencing the worst weather in decades. The number of homeless people sleeping on the streets or in inadequate hostels and temporary accommodation is on the rise. It is highly probable that cutting such essential supports will result in deaths of homeless people over the next few months of the winter.

One only has to visit the area around the Four Courts to witness long lines of the hungry poor and homeless, queuing up for meals and food parcels at Brother Kevin's Capuchin Day Centre. It is ironic that such lamentable scenes happen side by side with the courts of justice.

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