Ireland Evicts 100s of Homeless Families to ‘Clear the Way’ for Pope Visit
The Pontiff's visit to Dublin is could cause much misery and upset
More than 700 vulnerable homeless families in Dublin, Ireland, could face eviction from their much needed temporary accommodation in order to 'clear the way' for Pope Francis's visit this August.
The Pontiff's visit to Dublin is could cause much misery and upset as homeless families residing in Dublin’s commercial hotels will be forced onto the street to make way for Pope Francis's followers who want a glimpse of their idol.
The 'unchristian' scenario has prompted Dublin Regional Homeless Executive (DRHE) to help stop families being made homeless by Pope
The homeless charity said it would work to help families made homeless, but warned many will be sent outside the city.
According to RT: Homelessness campaigners rejected the DRHE’s claims that the influx would not impact those already installed in hotels in the city.
Speaking to Irish broadcaster Newstalk, Fr Peter McVerry warned that families could be forced to live in police stations over the period of the pope’s visit.
“Families are regularly told that their room has been pre-booked for a concert or a football match and they’ll have to move out for four or five days, find someplace else and then they can move back,” McVerry said, according to The Irish Times.
“It’s going to be accentuated with the pope’s visit, you’re not going to get a hotel room within a 100 miles of Dublin."
"It’s a frightening scenario, I can see families living in Garda (police) stations over that period.”
Ireland’s housing crisis has fueled rising homelessness in Dublin in recent times. In January, a report from Dublin City Council revealed that 758 families were being housed in commercial hotels in the Dublin region.
The report showed that in November last year, a total of 3,691 adults and 2,533 children accessed emergency accommodation around the capital.
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The pope will visit Ireland in August.
The 36-hour jaunt will involve a trip to Catholic sites in Knock and a reception in Dublin’s 80,000-seater Croke Park stadium.
Last week Neon Nettle reported that Irish citizens were rising up against Pope Francis's planned visit to Ireland for Mass in the Phoenix Park, so much so, one man claims he booked 800 tickets in protest, including several under the name “Jesus Christ.”
A Facebook page set up protesting the August visit of Pope Francis to Ireland is now encouraging people to book large numbers of free tickets, which will not be used, in order to create an extremely low turnout for the Pontiff.
‘Say Nope to the Pope’ Facebook event page shows that 1,000 people have clicked “attending” and another 4,000 marked themselves as “interested” on the social media platform.