Homelessness is now the big issue and how to combat it in Ireland with many jumping from the water meter scandal, politicians screaming from the hill tops on what can be done and if only them or their party were in power they would solve the problem screaming about the Irish free state and the 1916 Easter rising trying to use nationalism to stir up the people well to me that’s exactly what Éamon de Valera done while he went off to rub shoulders with the high and mighty of the world “leave the people to their religion ”..
Ballymun in the 1990s got the go ahead with a corporation grant 70 thousand to each flat, fitted kitchen, up graded windows and heating and general repairs. Only for the new Dublin City Council to decide five years later that the whole dream of Ballymun and all it promised was a mistake so let’s knock it down and build houses, too much antisocial behaviour from the high rises sure the people are only experiments on social reform:
Ballymun was often seen as the jewel in the crown of failed government social housing experiments then it got a complete overhaul in the mid-to-late 2000s, Ballymun entered into regeneration but with this Regeneration the lower and working classes became an after thought, the land zoned for social housing did not meet the demands of the community and Under section 25 of the Social Welfare Act 2007, the Minister for the Environment can identify areas to the Department of Social Protection where rent allowance should not be payable, being areas “of regeneration for the purpose of providing for greater social integration”. So anyone depending on rent allowance within the Ballymun Regeneration Area, rent allowance was not payable.
From the onset of the Free State people living in overcrowded squalor and homelessness was the main objectives of the new government nearly a century later people are still dying on the streets without a roof over their heads I wouldn't say there homeless most are house-less many have homes and families that broke down somewhere along the line, but they are the people we imagine when you say the word homeless that dirty smelly drunk or drugged addict begging on the streets but in today’s Ireland with the austerity cut backs more and more people and families are losing their home and many more at risk with rent caps on the social welfare rent supplements this leaves us with the century aged question.
What do we do to ease the housing problem?
and also leaves us with some modern ones
Was knocking down the flats a mistake?
Are we seeing and feeling the ripple made by these decisions ?
If only things were as simple as taking the clock out of the Liffey.....