The volunteer who took the photo said she had “no words," adding, “Our Government should hang their heads in shame."
Most of us are privileged to have a place to call home. We have a comfortable bed to sleep in and warm food to eat. But still, we think we don't have enough. Maybe this picture is enough to show you just how lucky you are. Recently, a volunteer at the Ballymun Soup Run in North Dublin took a picture of a homeless girl eating a meal out of a plastic container, while she sits on the side of the road, perched atop an inverted plastic crate. The picture was shared on the soup kitchen's page with the caption: "our government is to blame for this." Soon enough, the picture reached Tony Walsh, the co-founder of Feed Our Homeless.
HER ONLY hot meal of the day.— Mick Caul 😷 (@caulmick) April 18, 2021
▪️Outrage over photo showing homeless girl, four, eating dinner from plastic container on side of street #HowIrelandWorks #not1home https://t.co/7AETUzrHAs pic.twitter.com/GK6y0pYSOn
Walsh also posted the photo on social media and called it "shameful and totally unacceptable," before slamming the Irish government over the housing crisis. "This Photo of a young child eating his dinner sitting on a crate on the streets of Dublin Shameful & totally unacceptable. No child should have to sit on the streets like this eating three dinners simply because they have no place to call home. Shame on our government." Some others had shared the image, claiming this was the girl's only hot meal of the day. It's so heartbreaking to see a child so young experience homelessness.
Has any decent,honest person in govt seen this photo?— Gerard Hayes (@GerardH93400488) April 18, 2021
If yes,can these decent,honest person(s) do something about the scandal that is homelessness.
Perhaps a 50% cut in wages/expenses/perks for all in govt,hse etc.....
Imagine the huge money saved in 12 months.
Wake up people.
People also commented about how unfair the system was, which led to this young soul going without food. One user shared: I wish people would be outraged about the homelessness & poverty in this country. We're a first world country & are failing so many citizens....this child should not have to eat on the street, they should have a home and enough money for 3 meals including a hot dinner every day. Another shared: Working people need to get angry and organized, apathy and disengagement will constantly reproduce FFG. Demand change from those we elect and hold them to account and if it's not forthcoming FUCK THEM OUT. Working people must vote in their own interests.
Truly heartbreaking image,the mental issues these children will suffer as a result of this up bringing will be devastating and be with them all their lives.There are so many things wrong with that image.☹️— Robert Walshe (@RobertWalshe) April 18, 2021
A third added: Ireland is a truly socially depraved society to allow our children live in destitution & poverty as politicians scalp the taxpayers of €200,000+ for economic mismanagement .!!! Another person shared: That makes me be beyond full of hate … one can not even describe what i feel inside. Especially when I compare this to Leo’s self satisfied grin. This is beyond fucked up in 2021 in a supposedly 1st world country. One person questioned: How many "elite athletes " "Irish celebrities " have publicy spoken out about the homeless and poverty,how many have publicly demanded change and continually call for politicians to be held to account, very few is the answer.
This is unacceptable! Yet, we get billions given to charities pretending to eradicate poverty.— The Enigma (@ArnieArmani) April 19, 2021
Homelessness is a real issue in Ireland. Per Dublin Live, there are 8,238 people homeless in Ireland, according to the latest statistics from the Department of Housing. The volunteer who took the photo told the publication that she had “no words.” “Our Government should hang their heads in shame. A four-year-old baby and one of the only places they have to have a home-cooked meal is our team? These children should have a kitchen table to sit at and have dinner, not on the ground on a crate at our soup kitchen." However, According to The Irish Times, back in November 2020, a spokesman for Minister for Housing Darragh O’Brien said the Minister acknowledged numbers enduring homelessness.
It makes me sick to see images like this. It's not just the little girl who's had her basic rights violated though. What annoys me more is that hoardes of fools will still vote @FineGael and @fiannafailparty In the next election. How can they justify doing this?— Underbelly Exposer (@UnderbellyE) April 18, 2021
At the time, he said they were “simply too high.” “In particular, he recognizes the growing number of single adults in emergency accommodation and wants to see a greater emphasis on the delivering one-bedroom social homes . . . The program for government commits to expanding the Housing First approach with a focus on the construction and acquisition of one-bed homes and the provision of relevant supporting services.” People do have different priorities in life, but hopefully, they all focus on the problems at hand and address them so that no child has to go homeless or hungry.
Does everyone remember 5 year old Sam a few years ago sitting on cardboard on the street eating his dinner in winter? Where is he now? Has anything changed?— Bedtime Stories for Mothers and Others (FB Blog) (@FayeHayden18) April 18, 2021
Did the government consider this when lifting the eviction ban?