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Why does ‘back to normal’ have to mean pitting homeless people against tourists in a cruel competition where they don’t stand a chance?

Ellen Coyne


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A homeless man takes shelter in the doorway of the Gaiety Theatre during lockdown. Photograph by Gerry Mooney.

A homeless man takes shelter in the doorway of the Gaiety Theatre during lockdown. Photograph by Gerry Mooney.

A homeless man takes shelter in the doorway of the Gaiety Theatre during lockdown. Photograph by Gerry Mooney.

Grand Canal Square did not wear the pandemic well.

Its architecture is designed to be slick, shiny and important looking. It’s all hard edges and bold shapes, which double like a butterfly print in the reflection of the water.


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