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Dublin’s homelessness crisis jars with narrative of Irish economic boom

Ireland is the EUs star performer, but almost 700 families have become homeless in the capital this year Jobs are bountiful, luring back emigrants and drawing newcomers. Property prices are soaring. Chic restaurants are fully booked weeks in advance. RT television is showcasing the top new entries to People in emergency accommodation in Ireland Its virtually an emergency situation, said Tommy Gordon, who manages Wicklow Homeless Five Loaves, a drop-in centre south of Dublin. Were supplying tents and sleeping bags to the homeless and food to those in financial difficulty.…

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Paul McCartney tickets bought for homeless given to Salvation Army leader’s daughter

Major Brendan Nottle defends actions over Melbourne donation but says: We get it wrong sometimes The leader of the Salvation Army in Australia has defended his organisations actions after his daughter was given donated Paul McCartney concert tickets that were supposed to be for homeless people. The seven tickets were initially he told 3AW on Thursday. The manager did the ring-around of other homeless people and volunteer staff and wasnt able to move them because it was so late. He said his daughter had accepted the tickets under the premise…

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Security robots are being used to ward off San Franciscos homeless population

Is it worse if a robot instead of a human is used to deter the homeless from setting up camp outside places of business? One such bot cop recently took over the outside of the San Francisco SPCA, an animal advocacy and pet adoption clinic in the city’s Mission district, to deter homeless people from hanging out there — causing some people to get very upset. Silicon Valley game developer and Congressional candidate Brianna Wu tweeted yesterday her dismay at the move, saying, “I’m sorry for being so frank but…

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Council proposes 1,000 fines for homeless people sleeping in tents

Stoke-on-Trent council called callous for proposing penalty notice in city centre followed by court appearance and fine A council has been called cruel and callous for proposing 1,000 fines to homeless people sleeping in tents in the city centre. Stoke-on-Trent council in Staffordshire is consulting on a public space protection order (PSPO) that will make it an offence for a person to assemble, erect, occupy or use a tent unless part of a council-sanctioned activity such as a music festival. Under such a scheme anyone who fails to pay their…

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Journalist under fire for calling it ‘crazy’ not to be disgusted by homeless people

Prominent Mother Jones writer Kevin Drum says critics deliberately misreading his response to study on peoples reaction to seeing homelessness A high-profile Mother Jones writer has suggested that it would be crazy not to have a reflexive disgust of homeless people, stirring the anger of those who say he is perpetuating the worst kinds of stereotypes. outside in america He seemed to just be endorsing the worst stereotypes without any nuance or without any humanization of these people, said Scott Clifford, one of the authors and an assistant professor of…

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Ben Carson hails homelessness agency that Trump budget would eliminate

Head of housing and urban development did defend proposed cuts that would affect agency, saying: We have to stop the bleeding if were going to get healing Ben Carson, a neurosurgeon and the secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development, has defended massive cuts to his own agency , saying we have to stop the bleeding if were going to get healing. Speaking before a Senate committee, he offered no objections to the budget proposed by the Trump administration, which envisions a funding reduction of $7.4bn compared to…

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