Homelessness is now a national emergency
In the capital, their dead bodies lie undiscovered for hours. In rural areas, the homeless - those who can't 'couch surf' or sleep on the floors of the homes of family and friends - are sleeping in wheelie bins, hay sheds and cars. It is unconscionable and entirely preventable.
Ireland's housing shortage has turned a persistent homelessness crisis into a national emergency, one that cannot be swept away by politically managed tidings of good economic news in the mouth of a General Election campaign.
Homelessness is a multi-faceted problem, one that is exacerbated by factors such as addiction and mental health issues.