Darren Keane of PATH Speaks About Ireland’s Homeless

Written 3 years ago by Rebecca Donnelly

Simon Coveney Minister for Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government is promising nobody will have to go into a hotel if they lose their home by the end of June. 1,500 rapid build houses are promised but they will not be ready until the end of the year. Currently 4,500 people are homeless, 2,500 children make up that number.

Darren Keane from PATH (Portlaoise Action to Homelessness) speaks to Will Faulkner. He does not think the Minister will meet his target. Mr Keane mentions that he has come across cases in Portlaoise where families have been forced into hotels.

PATH travel to Dublin every single Saturday night to feed the homeless who sleep rough on the streets. Each Saturday night in December 150 people used their services. The charity came home empty handed every time.

Mr Keane believes it is not as simple as taking people off the streets, the HSE and the government need to provide a support system to help them with whatever issues or problems they may have.

PATH meet on the first Tuesday of every month at 8pm, they have an open meeting in Portlaoise Leisure Centre. They would like to encourage people to come and find out more about the group. Visit PATH.ie for more information.

Listen to Darren Keane here: