Thirty per cent more people sleeping rough sleeping in Dublin

by Rachel Cunningham
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The latest rough sleeper count, carried out over the week of November 6 to 12, identified 118 people sleeping on our city’s streets, an increase of 30 per cent on the same period last year.

“This is deeply worrying. Even more concerning because we are now entering the coldest time of the year. Vulnerable people sleeping rough can and should be a thing of the past,” said Dublin Sinn Féin City councillor, Daithí Doolan.

“These figures clearly show how out of touch the Minister for Housing Darragh O’Brien is. Each person sleeping rough is a testament to the failure of the government’s housing policy. 

“The responsibility for the housing crisis lies solely at the feet of this government. Their housing policies lie in taters. They have failed on every front. They have failed each of these 118 people.

“With the right plans, resources and political commitment we can make homelessness a thing of the past. Unfortunately today’s figures prove this will not happen under the current government.”

Coolmine Treatment Centre also launched its Annual Report 2022 this month, which highlighted the growing demand for its services last year and how addiction and homelessness have affected the most vulnerable in society. 

The charity now operates 15 facilities and 22 satellite clinics across Ireland, providing treatment and recovery services to 2,362 individuals and their families.

Last year’s surge in cocaine use was seen, with 57 per cent of male clients in Coolmine residential treatment centres receiving treatment for cocaine addiction.

Coolmine also expanded support services to homeless people, the travelling community, people living in the southwest, women and children.

“As we enter our 50th year, we know that there is an increase in the number of people experiencing problematic substance use,” said Mr Alan Connolly, Coolmine Chairman.

“There is an increasing demand for our services. There is evidence indicating a relationship between area-based disadvantage and problem drug and alcohol use, disproportionately affecting the most vulnerable members of our society.”

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