My bed for the night in the Iveagh Gardens
My bed for the night in the Iveagh Gardens

Last weekend, myself and a number of other councillors from Fingal slept out for the night in the Iveagh Gardens as part of Focus Irelands ‘Shine a Light’ campaign.


As a newly elected councillor, the homelessness crisis across Dublin is the most pressing and challenging issues that I and fellow councillors have to deal with. I decided to participate in Shine a Light this year to support the vital work that organisations like Focus Ireland undertake and to raise awareness about homelessness. Also, I wanted to get even a brief sense of what it is like for rough-sleepers in Dublin.


While the night started with lashing rain, by the time we were settling down to sleep he had cleared up and it was a mild night, with a bit of wind. As such, I avoided getting soaked. I couldn’t imagine having to manage like that night after night.

If you want to support Focus Ireland’s great work, you can sponsor my sleep-out here.

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