Tuesday 16 July 2019

VIDEO: 'Sleeping flags' – organisation raises awareness for homeless Irish Defence Force veterans

Damien Eagers

O.N.E. (The Organisation of National Ex-Service Personnel) was raising public awareness and aid for the homeless Irish Defence Forces veterans it supports, by situating veterans in specially-created Tricolour sleeping bags around the streets of Dublin today.

Set against Ireland’s current homelessness crisis, the preventive services O.N.E. claim to be providing over 16,000 bed nights every year, between Dublin, Letterkenny and Athlone – with 95% of the veterans they help moving on to permanent housing.

Dubbed ‘Sleeping Flags’, the symbolic act represents both the homeless veterans who died on Dublin’s streets, which was the catalyst for O.N.E. setting up its first homeless hostel, and the reality facing current and future veterans if the charity is unable to keep its doors open.

For more information on the Sleeping Flags Appeal, or to make a donation to O.N.E. visit sleepingflags.ie

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