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Ireland 'Shame on Leo': Hundreds of people protest in Dublin against homelessness

18:40  05 december  2019
18:40  05 december  2019 Source:   thejournal.ie

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HUNDREDS OF PEOPLE gathered in Dublin today to protest against homelessness and demand greater government action on the issue. 

A crowd gathered at the Garden of Remembrance before moving through the city towards Leinster House. 

The crowd moved down O’Connell Street and up Grafton Street after lunchtime today, with some bus services affected by the march. 

There were also delays to the Luas on both the red and the green lines due to the protest. 

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Thousands of protesters have taken to the streets of Dublin voicing their anger over homelessness and housing. Speaking ahead of the march, People Before Profit TD Richard Boyd Barrett said the demonstration aims to compel the Government to take the required action to begin tackling the crisis.

The protest in Dublin coincided with another anti-homelessness demonstration in Cork city today. 

Some people carried signs saying “End Homelessness Now”, while one person held a sign that called for “more homes, less printers” – a reference to the controversy over the procurement of an €800,000 printer for the Oireachtas. 

Other people held signs saying “we are marching for the forgotten homeless”. 

People Before Profit-Solidarity TD Bríd Smith called it the “best march since water charges” on Twitter. 

a large crowd of people: Hundreds of people marched in Dublin against homelessness today. © Sam Boal Hundreds of people marched in Dublin against homelessness today.  

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Hundreds marched and took part in a sit-down protest after masked men and police forcibly removed occupying activists. The building, which had been empty for a number of years, was hosting activists from Take Back The City, a protest group bringing attention to Ireland’s housing and homelessness

A group of Irish Housing Network protesters held a demonstration in Dublin city centre over the homelessness crisis this evening. A number of homeless people took part in the demonstration, during which people banged pots and pans.

This week, the Dáil voted narrowly against a motion of no confidence in housing minister Eoghan Murphy.

The Department of Housing also released homeless figures for October, indicating that there were 10,514 individuals homeless – an increase of 117 on September’s figures. 

As they marched, some protesters chanted: “Shame on Leo."

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