This Sunday we check if Derry journalist and political activist Eamonn McCann has lost any of the passion, Fr Peter McVery tells us why his crusade on homelessness has become even more important And we'll hear live music from Bell X1- and they'll explain that when their songs appeared on the US hit series, THE OC, they got more attention than they expected.. And as Christy Moore is going on tour – with a full band - Máirtín O’Connor, Seamie O’Dowd, Jim Higgins and Cathal Hayden- we have a pair of tickets to the show ...
We are in the middle of a homelessness and housing crisis in Ireland. Almost 90,000 people are currently on the waiting list for social housing and one in five of those has been on the waiting list for more than five years. Meanwhile, demand for homeless support services has increased sharply. Sean was joined by Simon Brook, Head of Policy with the Housing Agency Clúid, and Niamh Randall, National Spokesperson for the Simon Communities in Ireland.
Is there a way back for people who find themselves living on the street? Sean was joined in studio by three people whose life stories suggest that becoming homeless does not necessarily mean all is lost.
In a recent letter to the papers, the director and co-founder of Trust, Alice Leahy said Christmas time concern for homeless people is welcome and predictable but said we should remember it as an all year round problem. And she claims the crisis is the worst she has seen in 40 years. Sean spoke to Alice Leahy this morning and Paddy O'Gorman was out meeting some of the scores of people sleeping rough in Dublin.