Will it work?

Ex­pert eval­u­a­tion

The Irish Times - Weekend Review - - NEWS REVIEW -

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.

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