Home­less­ness can’t be ‘nor­mal’

Irish Independent - - Letters & Editorial Comment -

■ I got the very un­easy feel­ing from your head­line ‘Home­less ser­vices in cap­i­tal will need ex­tra €23m’ (Ir­ish In­de­pen­dent, Oc­to­ber 30) that what we are wit­ness­ing is the nor­mal­i­sa­tion of home­less­ness.

What the home­less cri­sis needs is a

Gov­ern­ment-led so­cial hous­ing build pro­gramme with the very clear ob­jec­tive of pro­vid­ing ac­cess to a home to all cit­i­zens.

The dither­ing of the Gov­ern­ment is merely heap­ing de­spair onto the cri­sis as peo­ple can see that none of the an­nounced “plans” will de­liver the nec­es­sary out­come.

In­deed, the fail­ures to date have been so spec­tac­u­lar as to leave one with a sin­gle con­clu­sion – the fail­ures weren’t just an ac­ci­dent.

Jim O’Sullivan Rathed­mond, Sligo

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