This is not the People of Ireland’s Shame; it is the Current Government’s Shame, this Homeless Crisis should have being Solved years ago. But then again we all know that this Government have more pressing Priorities, like re-Furnishing their Offices and Leo the Leaks, Pay Rise. I ask the people today, get Martin and FF out, the people Voted for Change, and got Nothing, but Contempt. Now where is Barry Cowen, O’Callaghan, and let’s forget John McGuinness; he just sits on the Ditch? John you keep the Dail Seat warm for your son with the Swagger, that will not happen, the Kilkenny people wont be fooled all the time?

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RTÉ Investigates shows harsh realities of those living on the streets

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RTÉ Investigates shows harsh realities of those living on the streets

We are all aware of the homeless crisis in Ireland, yet it can still be shocking to see some of the realities that people face while living on the streets.a person walking down the street© Provided by Evoke.ie

Tonight’s RTÉ Investigates will follow the lives of rough sleepers and homeless hostel users, giving viewers an insight into the challenges and difficulties they try to live with.

In the first 11 months of 2020, 56 homeless people died on the streets. This investigation will look into the role of emergency hostels as a response to the problem – revealing how some can’t get into the hostels while others believe the streets are safer.RTÉ Investigates follows the lives of rough sleepers and homeless hostel users, examining the challenges they face and the difficulties in getting off the streets. Pic: RTE© Provided by Evoke.ie RTÉ Investigates follows the lives of rough sleepers and homeless hostel users, examining the challenges they face and the difficulties in getting off the streets. Pic: RTE

According to the Minister for Housing Darragh O’Brien, nobody living on the streets should be denied a hostel bed, as he said on Morning Ireland in December, however, just days later RTÉ Investigates filmed with homeless people who tried ringing the DRHE looking for a bed for that night to be told they couldn’t help them.

This was due to the fact that even though they were on the Dublin streets, they weren’t from Dublin and were told to contact their former local authority, meaning they were left on the street for the night, despite 75 beds being empty that night.a man is walking down the street: Pic: RTE© Provided by Evoke.ie Pic: RTE

At any one time, there are roughly 3,000 homeless people availing of emergency hostel beds in Dublin – some are well run and safe but there are concerns about others

Darragh O’Brien told RTÉ Investigates: ‘Where they can be made public, they should be. I haven’t, and I don’t have any difficulty with that. I think we need to make sure that we, that our standards are the best they possibly can be.’

The programme also shows some shocking statistics, namely that 48% of those surveyed were not addicted to drugs before becoming homeless. However, after becoming homeless, 50% of those people became addicted to hard drugs despite never previously having a drug problem.a person sitting on a bed: 20-year-old Dan Orlovs ending up living on the streets of Dublin in July 2020. Pic: RTE© Provided by Evoke.ie 20-year-old Dan Orlovs ending up living on the streets of Dublin in July 2020. Pic: RTE

Mike Allen of Focus Ireland shared: ‘It’s shocking, very often we look at people who are homeless and we see the drug addiction they have and we think that that’s the cause of their homelessness but in actual fact many of the problems that people who are homeless have are consequences of their homelessness and just the sheer misery and the sheer mental pressure of living in circumstances where you have no home and the security that should go with a home.’a man looking at the camera: 20-year-old Dan Orlovs ending up living on the streets of Dublin in July 2020. Pic: RTÉ© Provided by Evoke.ie 20-year-old Dan Orlovs ending up living on the streets of Dublin in July 2020. Pic: RTÉ

RTÉ Investigates will look into the personal stories of some of the homeless people living on the streets of Dublin, which will most definitely shock and hit viewers quite hard, when they witness what these people have gone through.

Watch RTÉ Investigates: Stuck in the Rough, Monday 18th January at 9.35pm on RTÉ One and RTÉ Player. 

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