Additional reporting by Stephanie Grogan and Brendan O'Loughlin
It's been confirmed that water levels at the Royal Canal have been raised in Drumcondra to "flush out" homeless people.
The move branded ‘disgusting’ and ‘inhumane', has been defended by Waterways Ireland - which says it's trying to keep the public safe.
Rough sleepers use Binns Bridge at Dorset Street for shelter and somewhere to stay, but Waterways Ireland - which is in charge of canals - says part of its job is to prevent drug use and public defecation.
Homeless volunteer Padhraic Drommond says it’s inhumane. "There'll be no walkway under the bridge and no shelter. They came down here two months ago and put eviction notices on the tents. Absolutely crazy carry on in this day and age. People need help. They need to be rehoused, not pushed into another area. That's all (this is) going to do."
In a statement given to 98FM News, Waterways Ireland said that at Binns Bridge, "the main issues were drug-taking and littering with needles and other residue as well as public defecation."
Regarding public safety, the group told us that "All the alternative solutions we have tried to maintain public safety in the area, including fencing it off, have failed."
It follows comments by the head of the Dublin Region Homeless Executive yesterday who was asked about rough sleepers who are staying on the banks of the canal.
Eileen Gleeson said it takes "years of bad behaviour, or behaviour that isn't the behaviour of you or me" for someone to end up on the streets.
She added that they were "quite happy to continue with the chaotic lifestyle" that they have and I would be of the opinion that if there wasn't groups going down there to feed them every day, they mightn't stay there for much longer."
Yesterday Ms Gleeson moved to clarify her comments. She said she regretted how she phrased them and that she was trying to highlight the complex issues around homelessness.
There have since been calls for her to stand down.