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Wednesday 18 October 2017

Taoiseach drops into all-night homeless cafe

The Taoiseach at the Night Cafe on Merchants Quay last night
The Taoiseach at the Night Cafe on Merchants Quay last night

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has visited the all-night cafe set up in Dublin as part of the emergency response to deal with the homelessness problem.

The Fine Gael leader chatted with some of the people using the services provided at the Night Cafe before he prepared to fly to the US today for the St Patrick's Day celebrations.

In a tweet posted from his account, Mr Kenny (right) could be seen seated at a table with a mug in front of him.

"Dropped into the Night Cafe on Merchants Quay on my way home just now," the tweet read.

The cafe was set up last December following the death of homeless man Jonathan Corrie on a doorstep on Molesworth Street just yards from Leinster House.

It part of a range of measures introduced by Environment Minister Alan Kelly which also included increasing the number of beds available in the capital for the homeless.

But despite the moves to reduce the problem of people sleeping rough on the streets, homeless charities have said increasing numbers of homeless people travelling to Dublin from around the country are putting extra pressure on the system.

cfeehan@herald.ie

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