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Sunday 22 October 2017

Mother-to-be (24) back on the streets for second time

The Fire Brigade and Inner City Helping Homeless volunteers coming to the aid of a pregnant woman (24) on O'Connell Bridge. Photo: ICHH
The Fire Brigade and Inner City Helping Homeless volunteers coming to the aid of a pregnant woman (24) on O'Connell Bridge. Photo: ICHH

A PREGNANT homeless woman, who hit headlines when she was found unconscious on O'Connell Bridge, is back on the streets.

Lord Mayor of Dublin Christy Burke has called on the woman to get in contact with him "at any hour," so that he can ensure she gets a roof over her head.

The 24-year-old woman was found in "very bad condition" last month by homeless charity volunteers.

But it is understood that she has again found herself with no option but return to sleeping rough.

"Tell that woman to get in touch with me.

"She can ring my phone at any time day or night.

"I will secure temporary accommodation for her.

"It's not ideal but it's better than walking the streets, before we can secure permanent
accommodation" Mr Burke said.

It comes as new figures last week identified that the number of people sleeping in doorways and on benches in Dublin City Centre reached a record high of 177 people - a massive increase of 65pc since November of last year.

Volunteers from the Inner City Helping Homeless (ICHH) started taking records of the number of people living on the streets at the end of 2013.

Anthony Finn, the ICHH director, said that when they first went out to tend to homeless people, they recorded around 60-65 people sleeping rough.

Mr Burke also recently reported that he found a 17-year-old pregnant woman sleeping rough with her boyfriend.

Meanwhile ICHH has written to Taoiseach Enda Kenny to highlight the growing homeless problem in the capital.

Mr Flynn has requested a meeting with Mr Kenny and has urged him to declare a "homeless crisis situation within Dublin" and to pool emergency resources to tackle the problem.

He said: "We wish to put forward the concept of a homeless action task force to be put in place at the earliest convenience".

lbyrne@herald.ie

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