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Despite all the promises, the homeless crisis has deepened since Jonathan's tragic death

Ashley Balbirnie

Published 01/12/2015 | 02:30

The most significant change in the face of homelessness in recent years has been the number of families losing their homes
The most significant change in the face of homelessness in recent years has been the number of families losing their homes

Christmas is a hard time of year for anyone who has lost a loved one. On the first anniversary of Jonathan Corrie's death - in a doorway near Leinster House - there will be much renewed debate on homelessness and what has changed since. At this time, it is important to remember his family and respect their privacy and grief.

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After Jonathan's tragic death, there was public outcry and Environment Minister Alan Kelly said homelessness would be top of the Government agenda. However, in the past year, the homeless crisis has deepened.

Focus Ireland and the Peter McVerry Trust jointly run Dublin's Housing First Intake Team on behalf of the Dublin local authorities. Our staff are out on the street every night and know at first hand that, despite all the initiatives and hard work, the Government has failed to halt the deepening crisis.

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