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Homeless 'shelter pods' pop up around Dublin as part of #GimmeShelterIreland campaign


By Rebecca Stewart, Trends Editor

February 15, 2016 | 2 min read

Four 'shelter boxes' have popped up around Dublin as part of a campaign calling on the Irish government to provide accommodation for those sleeping rough.

The pods have been assembled outside the city's Central Bank on Dame Street and in front of its central bus station Bus Áras, among other locations by a group which describes itself as a collective of "friends and concerned citizens" under as part of a campaign dubbed #GimmeShelterIreland.

The message on the front of the plywood boxes reads: "In October 2015 150 people were sleeping rough in Dublin. There are 1,616 children living in emergency accommodation. The banks made 8,146 applications for the repossession of homes in 2014. We need real soloutions."

Accompanying the stunt is a petition urging the State to ensure the right to adequate housing is enshrined in the Irish Constitution, and a video told from the point of a view of a rough sleeper.

In 2015, homelessness charity Depaul invoked the power of outdoor advertising to show 'the other side' to homelessness through a clever two-way poster campaign.

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