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20th Dec 2016

BREAKING: This Homeless ‘Shelter Pod’ Outside The Dáil Was Destroyed By The Council This Morning


A homeless ‘shelter pod’ on Molesworth Street was demolished and removed by the council in the early hours of this morning.

It had been home to Columb Fogarty, a homeless writer who just last night detailed his experience living on the streets in an article he wrote for Lovin Dublin.

Columb was given just five minutes to clear out when the removal happened suddenly at 7am – and some of his belongings were still in the shelter when it was destroyed.

We spoke to him this morning, and he believes that the move was related to his visibility while the Dáil convened yesterday:

“It was over yesterday. People were shocked by how I was living and went straight over to the politicians to give out. Obviously someone wasn’t happy.”


Columb outside the shelter, before it was destroyed. Pic: Fran Veale

He added: “The fact of the matter is, this whole reason I did this was to be seen by the government. Now it seems pointless.”

Right now it’s uncertain where he’ll go next, but he will attempt to get a bed with the freephone system tonight, a service that he said would “break the hardest of the hard”.