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'I'm deeply concerned about that loneliness haunts so many lives' - Taoiseach on homeless crisis


Taoiseach Enda Kenny

Taoiseach Enda Kenny

Taoiseach Enda Kenny

The Taoiseach has given a poetic account of Ireland’s ongoing homeless crisis and his experience of meeting with those sleeping on the streets.

Mr Kenny revealed how early last Friday morning he walked around Dublin with the Lord Mayor Christy Burke meeting  homeless people in the city.

In a speech to the Dail, Kenny said the current homeless crisis is “an autopsy of our nation” and described the sights he witnessed of “rats skittering, across sodden blankets, beds of needles”.

The Taoiseach also said he was “deeply concerned about that loneliness haunts so many lives.”

“Today, I want to highlight how soul-destroying it is for people in emergency accommodation,” he said. “I know they are grieving not alone for what they had. More crucially, they are grieving for how they used to be.  The privacy, the dignity, the sanctity of their family life.”


“Men and women with addiction, heroin, methadone or whatever, who were able to find a kind word, ‘only I have to rob. I have to beg. I need it to keep me going, you know?’

“I do know. Because last Thursday night into Friday morning was a sobering reflection, for me, as leader of the Government.”

Mr Kenny’s speech comes in the wake of the widespread condemnation of Ireland’s homeless crisis, following the death of Jonathan Corrie, yards away from the Dail.