Plan should see fire service install smoke alarms in squats
THERE has been much debate about the homeless figures in the Drogheda area in recent times, with many feeling that the numbers actually sleeping on the streets does not represent the true number of homeless.
That’s correct. There are a number of squats around town and some have fallen victim to fires as well.
The usual rough sleepers count is done by council officials each year. This year itis hoped that gardai will attend with them.
While they may be able to spot people in the open,how does that give any count of how many people are homeless?
Those living rough in squats won’t welcome the council or gardai calling to them - for fear of eviction perhaps.
What should happen is a true community project, something that has happened in other countries.
The great services of the Fire Fighters in Drogheda should be employed, accompanied by a council official.
They can call to squats and simply ask those living there to allow them install free smoke alarms. Such a project will first of all prevent a tragedy happening if a fire does break out.
Secondly, it gives a true indication of how many people are living in such conditions.