Sunday 11 December 2016

It's lack of political will - not money - that is hindering progress on homeless crisis

Published 01/10/2015 | 02:30

Flowers are left on Dawson Lane, where homeless man Alan Murphy died last week
Flowers are left on Dawson Lane, where homeless man Alan Murphy died last week

Homelessness is a complex issue, we're told. There's some truth in that but it's not the whole truth. Homelessness can also be pared back to a simple question. Are we really willing to shrug and keep walking past the evidence of rough sleepers in mounting numbers, their bedding piled up in alleys and doorways all over Dublin and elsewhere?

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The financial crisis has been devastating for Irish society. But if it has blinded us to the struggles of those on the margins, then something more valuable than assets has been lost.

A homeless crisis exists, of that there can be no doubt. Some of it is visible via those cardboard mattresses on the streets. Then there are the families housed in bed and breakfasts, not as a temporary measure but an ongoing solution.

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