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Protestors To March Against Dublin Homeless Shelter

Emma Tyrrell
Emma Tyrrell

08:16 29 Nov 2019


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Residents and businesses in Dublin's south inner city are to march over plans to open the state's largest homeless shelter.

A tourist hostel on Aungier Street is to be turned into a shelter for 150 people.

The Peter McVerry Trust will operate the shelter, that is due to open in January.

The plans have prompted an angry response from locals who say they were never consulted. They have threatened to launch legal action to stop the project from going ahead.

It follows a public meeting on the plans, involving the deputy chief executive of Dublin City Council and the deputy CEO of the Peter McVerry Trust, last week.

Independent Councillor for the area, Mannix Flynn, says there's an over-concentration of similar centres in the area:

"There are three to four other facilities in the immediate area. The area itself has a saturation of all sorts of social problems including rough sleeping, homelessness and also drug addiction."

The protest will get underway at 5 o'clock this evening.

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