Sunday 18 February 2018

Colum Kenny: What about the right to life of our homeless citizens?

Colum Kenny

Colum Kenny

At least four people have died from exposure on our streets so far this winter in the Republic of Ireland.

He froze to death this month, just down the road. Each week I had been passing a homeless man near the church. I said that he was dying before our eyes. I felt guilty.

And then there was one recent night in Dublin. A young man approached me. He was sober, decent and worried, and he needed a few euro for a hostel. It was none of my business, but I asked him why. He said that he had been working for a small company that fixed up places for landlords when tenants left. It had gone bust.

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