29 September 2005 Edition
Homeless sleep out at Dáil
As the Dáil reconvened this week, a number of homeless people slept outside Leinster House as part of the No More Deaths on Our Streets campaign. The campaign started following the deaths of a number of homeless people on the streets of Dublin recently.
Organised by the Irish anti-poverty newspaper Street Seen, the sleepout is a signal to the government that campaigners intend to make homelessness a major issue for the next Dáil session. Spokesperson Mark Grehan said that homeless people had continued to suffer in recent weeks and that despite several years of economic prosperity the government was taking society in a disturbing direction. "The tax breaks granted to the equestrian community show us that horses are better treated than members of the homeless community."