Money, money everywhere but not for proper homes

Last Friday I spoke off the air to a landlord who lets out short stay apartments, purchased and renovated last year for this purpose. He's been housing three homeless families, funded by Community Welfare Officers at a rate of €100 per family per night, since they were all asked to leave hotel rooms over the October [...]

A flaming disgrace

https://www.facebook.com/Corks96fm/photos/a.195266260505634.46296.194278177271109/1596060030426243/?type=3&theater The sight of one of Cork's most iconic buildings ablaze on Tuesday evening had half the city out watching in silence on the Lee Fields. Seeing historic buildings on fire in the city is unfortunately nothing new. Last year we had hours of outraged calls when Vernon Mount was set on fire (most likely [...]

Console row raises bigger questions

If you’re the kind of soft-hearted - or rigidly moral - person who has always given to charity, the Rehab and CRC revelations a few years ago will have shaken your faith in the sector, but probably not weakened your resolve to do what you felt is right. Both of those, however, could be understood under [...]

Law and order in Lagan Grove

Over the past few months, we've had a number of calls from locals in the Lagan Grove area of Mayfield about problems in the estate, which is owned and run by Cork City Council. So far, two houses have been vacated due to ongoing anti-social behaviour by a small group - some say this [...]

Women in homelessness face unique challenges – how we can help

https://www.facebook.com/619175434780049/photos/pb.619175434780049.-2207520000.1451932805./1011948528836069/?type=3&theater   I write this from the comfort of my couch, warmed by the fire, and utterly aware that this is a privilege. Last Wednesday on the Opinion Line, we spoke to Stephanie McCarthy, a mother of five from Gurranebraher who faces eviction on Christmas Eve. If or when the McCarthy family are forced to [...]

Homelessness: Not intractable, not inevitable

It’s not news to anyone by now that there is a housing crisis. There is a homeless crisis. There is a rental crisis. There are 1500 men, women and children in Ireland homeless who need our help, today. After the death of Jonathan Corrie before Christmas last year, we were told the Government understood there was [...]

King of the world with a tent and a bag of biscuits

UPDATE 09.03.15 I just spoke to Ian, whom I've met a couple of times since writing this. He has got a part-time job and is saving for a deposit on somewhere to live! I've never been happier for anyone. *** It's a while since I've written a blog post that wasn't published somewhere, but without the [...]

2018-12-01T09:56:35+00:00 December 1st, 2014|Categories: Opinion|Tags: , , , , , |