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
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.