Thursday, September 10, 2009

Autumn Let

The problem of space never dies, does it? And in the Pembroke Road, Ballsbridge, space is at a premium. Only five spaces remaining says the sign. What if we don't manage to secure the remaining space? If you walk around the area, there are a bewildering array of signs. Many are about the forthcoming referendum. But these could easily be outnumbered by the ubiquitous To Let signs. Here is the land - or Madame La Terre as the French might say. It is always a mystery to me that there is a plentiful supply of buildings, but many are homeless. In Pembroke Road and Baggot Street there are unfortunate people who find themselves without adequate accommodation and who are forced to ask others for funds. Naturally accommodation is not equivalent to home. Home is where the heart is. More than a dwelling or a residence, home is about origin and attachment. Homeless people have lost their attachments and often feel abandoned, detached from their original home. It would be of value to match up the homeless with the accommodation surplus. That would at least redress the balance and respond to Focus Ireland's call - everyone has a right to a place they can call home.