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.