Will it work?
Cliff Taylor, economics columnist
Of course it would be better to house the homeless, but having decent places for people to wash and take care of themselves is clearly of value. The issue is finding sites, but you would think there is enough state-owned land to make this possible and integrate it with existing homeless services. A simple, low-cost, easily executed proposal, this should be a high priority.
Caroline Spillane, Engineers Ireland
These facilities could be located close to other services for homeless people as part of an integrated strategy on homelessness – the benefits of which would far outweigh costs. These should be placed not just in the city centre, but also in towns and communities throughout the greater Dublin region.
Frances Ruane, former ESRI director
An excellent idea. It should not be just about capital investment but about making sure that there are supporting services alongside it. So in addition to capital projects, there must be service and maintenance budgets provided. The better the design, the lower the overall costs will be.