It's difficult to get an accurate assessment of the numbers of homeless people or of those sleeping rough. It's difficult to clearly define what qualifies as homeless and equally difficult to get at the total number of people sleeping rough, for obvious reasons. However, a generally accepted figure hovers around the 5,000 mark at any one time.
I've always felt this to be national disgrace, and, having often spoken to those sleeping rough, have been surprised at the number who were well-spoken and sensitive. Many are just down on their luck, but due to the points system in awarding state-funded accommodation, have been unable to get housed.
The Nigerians referred to in this article by Kevin Myers don't have this problem at all. Even though in this country illegally, they are, due to the lunacy of IBC/05 Scheme, comfortably housed at our expense. How many of them? More than 3,000!
So here we have 5,000 Irish sleeping rough as we have neither the money nor the accommodation to cater for them. But we do seem to be able to cater for 3,000 Nigerians, here illegally, and if the Circuit Criminal Court is anything to go by, acting illegally as well.
Why isn't the whole country up in arms over such blatant injustice?