Senator Lynn Ruane says she is 'baffled' at anti-homeless hoarding placed outside building
The independent politician said that some people opt to sleep rough because they may not feel safe in a homeless shelter.
Senator Lynn Ruane has voiced her dismay at the erection of hoarding in Dublin City that prevents homeless people from using the area for shelter.
She said: “It’s like the very architecture of your own city rejects you”, just a day after sharing a photo of the hoarding on Twitter.
Speaking on Newstalk Breakfast, the independent politician said that one man had been using the doorway of the building for some time as a place to sleep.
“When I watched him seek shelter from that doorway I thought how safe he must feel in that community, and how settled he must feel there... not taking away from the fact that housing policy has failed for a long time, and people are in this situation in the first place,” she said.
“You’re already on the streets, homeless and needing support.
"You’re already needing to rely on the respect of other people to make sure when you’re at your most vulnerable, you’re still safe.”
She added: “For me, whatever about housing policy and addressing services… there’s also the very, very basic human decision that gets made to put it there that I’m always baffled by.”
She added that some people opt to sleep rough because they may not feel safe in a homeless shelter.
The picture has been widely shared on social media.
The Department of Education says it owns the building and leases it out to the City of Dublin Education and Training Board. In a statement, the Department said the temporary wooden hoarding is to be removed today.