Tuesday 21 November 2017

Gene Kerrigan: Doing nothing effective about homelessness is now the policy - They hardly notice their own cruelty and indifference.

Enda Kenny doesn't lack compassion, but he has free-market rules he must protect, writes Gene Kerrigan

Tribute: The doorway where homeless man Jonathan Corrie died on Dublin’s Molesworth Street.
Tribute: The doorway where homeless man Jonathan Corrie died on Dublin’s Molesworth Street.
Gene Kerrigan

Gene Kerrigan

It's eight months now since this Government solved the problem of homelessness. Jonathan Corrie died sleeping in a doorway across the road from the Dail. A homeless person dying in the open on a freezing winter's night, within sight of parliament ­- that was a political problem.

It undermined the image we like to have of ourselves.

The most urgent need was that something be done to ensure this didn't happen again. If a second homeless person died on the street so close to Christmas, well, it wouldn't be good for the optics.

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