Currently, there are 10,514 homeless people in Ireland, according to Focus Ireland. They put the official number of those sleeping on Dublin’s streets in November as 92. Ireland’s homeless crisis has been getting worse; in September 2019, 9,698 people were homeless. Just a year later, this number had increased by almost eight per cent.
The Simon Community has experienced a 26% increase in demand for their services in just one year, according to their annual report published on Thursday 5 December 2019.
You could be forgiven if you thought that Dublin city today almost embodies the opening paragraph from Charles Dickens’ book A Tale of Two Cities. Depending on who you talk to, we are nearing the best of times, and again you could ask someone else and they might tell you it is the worst of times.