A photograph of a five-year-boy eating his dinner off a piece of cardboard on the ground on a Dublin street has sparked fury and much gnashing of teeth with the never ending homeless crisis reflected very pointedly by a cruel and tragic image.
The image shared online by The Homeless Street Cafe’s Facebook page of the young child eating some carbonara on a Dublin street last night is a further example of the plight of Irish children living in peril on our streets.
The group, who offer food, toiletries, clothes and friendship to the homeless every Tuesday night on Dublin’s Grafton Street, posted the photo saying: “We are home after another incredibly busy night.
It comes as more than 10,000 people are homeless in Ireland for the sixth month in a row, according to Department of Housing figures .
Charities have expressed disappointment after the July figures increased for the first time in recent months, with a total of 10,275 people in emergency accommodation in Ireland – 6,497 adults and 3,778 children.
The figures show that 1,721 families are homeless Ireland.
Many people reacted, asking if they could send donations and also suggesting that someone set up a GoFundMe page to help the child.