Saturday 18 November 2017

'I just wouldn't have lasted another year on the streets'

More than 5,000 people of all ages and classes are believed to be homeless in Ireland, writes Alison O'Riordan

'IF YOU had put me in a fridge, I would have been warmer," a homeless man said.

Like most other people, I rushed through the Christmas, spending a shocking amount of money while quietly, yet knowingly, forgetting those on the margins.

As selfish as it sounds, it was too much of an effort to take my gloves off to give some money to a homeless man. The bitter weather cut through his cheap clothing while I was all wrapped up in my winter's warmest, going from one heated building to the next.

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