Sunday 11 December 2016

No more delay on homelessness

Published 16/08/2015 | 02:30

Brother Kevin Crowley who feeds 600 homeless people every day, reckons homelessness now is the worst he has ever experienced
Brother Kevin Crowley who feeds 600 homeless people every day, reckons homelessness now is the worst he has ever experienced

There are drug addicts and alcoholics among the homeless. But they do not account for the more than 100pc increase in the number of homeless families in the greater Dublin area compared with this time last year. Drug addicts and alcoholics make it easier for many of us to take the problem of homelessness less seriously than we ought to, by thinking that they probably brought it on themselves - in most cases they didn't.

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But we cannot use that stupid argument to explain the almost 100pc increase so far this year in the number of homeless children. Children are blameless.

Last winter we all suddenly became concerned when Jonathan Corrie froze to death outside Leinster House. But our outrage didn't last long.

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