As you scurry around buying your spring lamb and new potatoes for Easter Sunday dinner and your chocolate Easter eggs for dessert, spare a thought for those less fortunate. The current homeless figures were released yesterday. Nearly 10,000 people in this little republic are homeless and that’s just the ones we know about. That figure includes 3,755 children. Our Taoiseach @campaignforleo has finally realised that it is indeed a national emergency. About time!
What is he going to do about it?
How will our government solve this ongoing emergency to prevent it becoming a catastrophe?
Are they going to take the advice of those who specialise in this area, such as Fr. Peter McVerry?
Are they going to build social and affordable housing?
Or are they going to continue to throw money into the black hole that has become the ‘homeless sector’?
An entire industry has sprung up providing accommodation to the homeless, an extremely profitable industry. On 25th January my blog ‘Clueless about profiteering from the homeless’ asked when and why our government had abdicated their responsibility to the citizens of this state. I emailed numerous TD’s and DCC/DRHE with four straightforward questions. No replies. No reply from our Housing Minister, no reply from our Taoiseach, no reply from Dublin City Council. Nearly 10,000 homeless and our government are facilitating the use of private companies to cater for them. To make profits out of the misery of others.
3,755 children without a home, in a country that is ranked the 14th richest country in the world. It is disgraceful and immoral.
On Easter Monday we commemorate 102 years since the proclamation was read out on the steps of the GPO. The proclamation promised ‘religious and civil liberty, equal rights and equal opportunities to all its citizens’ and promised ‘cherishing all the children of the nation equally’.
Nearly 10,000 homeless people in Ireland including 3,755 children.
Is this the Ireland they envisaged when they wrote the proclamation?
Happy Easter everyone.