Tuesday 21 August 2018

Jody Corcoran: Shrill voices raining down on heads of the homeless

Insidious public reaction to homeless children in a Garda station informs 'do nothing' housing policy, writes Jody Corcoran

HOMELESS: The photo that sparked a thousand comments.
HOMELESS: The photo that sparked a thousand comments.
Jody Corcoran

Jody Corcoran

It was the reaction to the photograph that proved most revealing: children asleep on plastic chairs under the bright lights of a garda station, with no home to go to.

Not the reaction of politicians, because that is predictable, but the general public.

And it is this reaction which feeds political discourse and quietly informs public policy. Do nothing, or little enough. Let the financial markets sort it out.

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