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In-tents pressure Dublin City Council homeless 'clean-up' ops and garda involvement blasted by charities

Pictures have emerged of a garda with a tent in his hand, about to place it in a rubbish lorry, while other images show gardaí escorting council workers.

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A garda helps to throw a tent into the rubbish lorry in Dublin city centre

A garda helps to throw a tent into the rubbish lorry in Dublin city centre

Sleeping out despite cold temperature

Sleeping out despite cold temperature

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A garda helps to throw a tent into the rubbish lorry in Dublin city centre

Several charities have hit out at Dublin City Council for removing tents and personal items belonging to homeless people from areas of the capital in recent weeks.

And they have also questioned why members of An Garda Síochána have assisted in at least one operation.

Pictures have emerged of a garda with a tent in his hand, about to place it in a rubbish lorry, while other images show gardaí escorting council workers.

"On January 28, 2021, gardaí attached to Store Street garda station received a request from Dublin Regional Homeless Executive (DRHE) to assist in an operation involving a number of homelessness outreach organisations and Dublin City Council," a Garda spokesperson told the Sunday World.

"Homelessness outreach organisations present engaged with all rough sleepers and advised of hostel availability and all were offered and provided with accommodation."

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Sleeping out despite cold temperature

Sleeping out despite cold temperature

Sleeping out despite cold temperature

Bur Cllr Anthony Flynn of the Inner City Helping Homeless charity stressed that gardaí should not be involved in such operations and has complained to the local Chief Superintendent.

"These people are technically being evicted from city centre streets with the help of gardaí, which should not be the case," he said.

Cllr Flynn added that he had been informed several more tents were removed on Friday morning from the Henry Street area by council workers.

When contacted, a spokesperson for Dublin City Council admitted they have removed tents in recent days - this follows a major story in the Sunday World recently about the growing number of homeless people and tents in the city centre.

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Eugene Masterson Homeless story

Eugene Masterson Homeless story

Eugene Masterson Homeless story

"There were seven empty tents removed from the banks of the Grand Canal on Friday," said a spokesperson. "Six of the occupants of these tents have recently moved to temporary accommodation with another occupant moving to a permanent social housing tenancy.

"The people involved are now accessing health and addiction supports, as appropriate."

But Cllr Flynn begs to differ. "Unfortunately, this isn't what was seen on the ground," he insists. "Many were offered accommodation, but refused the same due to poor standards in emergency accommodation.

"This isn't the way we should be responding. Dispersal and displacement should not be the method. Intense housing first is the model required here."

He said the council is getting "embarrassed" the public are seeing the problem of homelessness now "more and more in their face with a litter of tents which has made it into basically tent city".

Michael McAdam (78) has been a volunteer with the homeless charity Ocras Éire for 16 years.

"They are after destroying these people, they are after taking all their personal possessions away, tents, sleeping bag, everything they own they took it away," he said.

"They think they are after solving the homeless situation? They are after making it worse."

James, a homeless man from Offaly, reveals all his belongings were lost when his tent and the items in it were removed recently from near Smithfield museum.

"They took my tent and everything in it, even my mother's picture," he said.

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