We want Ms. Gleeson to apologise to all homeless people living in Dublin for the comments which she made yesterday (14th November) and today, in which she suggested homeless people were homeless because of "bad behaviour."
Why is this important?
We believe - and all evidence suggests - that homelessness is caused by an absence of public housing, by evictions, and by sky-rocketing rents.
It is offensive to homeless people to suggest in any way that they themselves are the cause of their homelessness - rather than the landlord who upped their rent or evicted them, or the local authority that hasn't built any new houses in years.
Homeless people need to have faith in the services they depend on. We want Eileen Gleeson to apologise and retract her comments, as a start to restoring some small level of trust.