Further to your report on plants to redevelop the public toilet block at Trinity College Dublin (“Beware the bar stools”, News, last week), we presented a detailed proposal for public showers to Dublin city council in 2006. This was an extremely cost-effective option at the time which could help prevent people in temporary difficulties falling into homelessness. The potential savings to the taxpayer could also be significant as they could, in the long term, become self-sustaining. Public showers, if run professionally, would also have a much wider appeal, such as for tourists. Five years on, we are more than ever convinced of the need for such a service.

Alice Leahy, Director and Co-Founder, Trust, Dublin 8