Homeless problem prompts calls for action

With begging visibly on the increase in Dublin, voluntary agencies want the government to counteract the problem with decisive measures. Nicola Cooke reports

8th January, 2011

Homelessness and street begging is on the increase in Dublin city centre, with the Dublin Simon Community reporting rises in its figures every quarter over the past two years.

Dublin Simon has two shelters in the city centre catering for almost 50 people, and these are generally full every night. It also has 23 beds for detox and rehab, for which there is awaiting list.

Its chief executive, Sam McGuinness, said that the numbers of homeless increased...

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