Ireland in Disgrace: Pensioner aged 81, found alone, hungry and homeless, at the GPO, where the Easter Rising began in 1916. Shame on this Government, and their “RIC Friends”.

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Ireland should feel ashamed today. Shocking to read this, and sadly Homelessness is getting worse.

Saturday 11 January 2020

Homeless 81-year-old woman found outside GPO to be ‘prioitised’ for housing

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Sarah Slator and Ian Begley

A homeless 81-year-old woman who was wandering the streets of Dublin on Thursday night would have died if she had not been found, a city councillor has claimed.

The woman was found, in a freezing and very distressed state, outside the GPO on O’Connell Street shortly after 9pm by a homeless volunteer who runs a soup kitchen for the homeless every week.

The Dublin woman, who is believed to be suffering with mental health issues, was found by charity worker Irene Cody Murphy who immediately alerted the Simon Community.

Attempts to contact the emergency services had failed, so Ms Cody Murphy decided to contact Independent Cllr Christy Burke. › mgUserInfo

The inner-city councillor revealed that he had just returned home after helping on a soup run when he received her urgent call.

“I couldn’t believe what I was hearing from Irene when she telephoned me. In the more than 20 years that I’ve been volunteering with homeless charities never have I come across a case like this,” he said.

“If Irene hadn’t have found her, I’ve no doubt this woman would have been found dead as a result of hypothermia.

“Imagine an elderly woman after just being discharged from an acute hospital roaming our Capital streets?

“I’ve dealt with 12 and 13-year-olds who are homeless but never a woman of this age. We managed to confirm what the woman was saying was true and that she had indeed been discharged from an acute hospital.

“We were about to put her into a hotel thanks to an anonymous donation of €100 on Thursday night. But I managed to get Fran Devereux from Dublin City Council and he got to work straight away in trying to help.

“She kept saying that she didn’t want to go to a particular hostel which led us to believe that she has been suffering for some time and has been out on our streets way before being found like this,” he said.

Cllr Burke confirmed that the elderly woman has been booked into a hotel for the weekend and is being prioritised for a home by DCC’s Housing First Regional Service.

“This is a despicable situation that the Government are allowing to happen and are being distracted by issues that have little relevance to this crisis,” he added.

“Our politicians need to wake up to what is happening on our streets instead of thinking of themselves and wanted to get re-elected now that a General Election is imminent”.

The numbers of homeless people in Ireland has increased to more than 10,500 for the first time ever.

The Department of Housing recently released homeless figures for last October, showing that there were 10,514 individuals homeless, with 4,000 of these being children.

That’s an increase of 117 on September’s numbers which Minister for Housing Eoghan Murphy said “was expected following the introduction of new emergency beds in the Dublin region recently”.

It is an increase of 8.1pc since October 2018 when the numbers stood at 9,724 according to the Simon Communities.

For people interested in this woman’s progress, this is what the DCC’s Housing First Regional Service.

I am rough sleeping – Dublin Region Homeless Executive

Dublin Region Housing First Service The service involves creating new and managing existing Housing First tenancies in the Dublin region, together with the provision of intensive wraparound visiting housing supports and health supports around mental health and addiction. › homeless › i-am-rough-sleeping

Thanks to Christy Burke and other good Irish people this elderly lady, did not die on the cold streets of Dublin. It is hard to grasp and understand the horrors of what happened to this elderly woman, aged 81, released on to the streets, from an Acute hospital.   Reading the above we must ask ourselves what has happened to us as a country. We need to look long and hard into the mirror of Compassion, and this Government of overpaid Clowns should get out now and people need to start thinking about this:  A country is Judged by how it treats its most Vulnerable.  Yet again the Clowns in the Dail have failed miserably.  This woman was released to homelessness at the age of 81.  I can recount a story of another elderly woman, different circumstances, but at least she now lives in a first class nursing home thanks to the efficiency of the Fair Deal Scheme › services › about-the-fair-deal-schemeand work with the Social Worker at an acute hospital.  This woman arrived at an apartment block, hungry, addled, tired, not having had a meal and this man engaged with her plight, as a genuine human being, and thankfully she is safe now for her elder years. We need a total change of  Attitude in how we tackle one of Ireland biggest and Shameful Scandals.  We live in the world of global and the credo of lifelong learning.  Well if so, we can stand on the shoulders of Giants ie the US and know that we can avoid something like this ever happening in Ireland.  If it is Election time, we have many questions to ask and we need answers.


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