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Friday 23 August 2019

Director Sheridan making Apollo House documentary

One of the sitting rooms in Apollo House all decked out for the Christmas season
One of the sitting rooms in Apollo House all decked out for the Christmas season
Sitting room in Apollo House
Ryan Nugent

Ryan Nugent

Acclaimed director Jim Sheridan is heading up a number of documentaries at the occupied Apollo House - in order to portray the plight of homelessness in the capital.

The Home Sweet Home group heading the occupation of the Dublin city centre building says there are dozens on the waiting list because of the homely feel they provide.

Around 14 residents in the building are set to move on to six-month accommodation with the Peter McVerry Trust - with another seven currently weighing up the offer of whether to move on too.

Home Sweet Home expects to have new occupants swiftly, given the demand for places.

Unlike a number of other emergency accommodation hostels in Dublin, residents at Apollo House have the luxury of staying there during the day and even have their own sitting room.

Residents are able to lock their bedroom doors, with some of the bedrooms including a television.

This, according to spokesman Tommy Gavin, is why Apollo House has a lengthy waiting list, while there are more than 50 emergency beds vacant in the city.

Housing Minister Simon Coveney said yesterday that there are more than enough beds available to cater for the crisis.

On Thursday night, some 54 beds were not used across the homeless support system.

The Dublin Simon Community said that their Carmen Hall facility was only at 20pc of its capacity, while there were another 17 beds available at Merchants Quay.

Mr Gavin told the Irish Independent that the care on offer within the building is different to other services and more community-orientated.

"It's worth asking people who are in situations of homelessness, what they think about the standards of emergency accommodation," he said.

"The standard of support in Apollo House is very high," he added.

Irish Independent

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