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Alice Leahy Trust re-opening Monday 20th July 2020

We are very pleased to inform you that our centre will re-open on Monday 20th July 2020 adhering to all Covid-19 guidelines.  It will not be possible for us to cater for the number of people we met prior to the pandemic however we will strive to cope with as many people as possible. 

Thanks to all our friends and supporters who kept in touch with us and gave us great encouragement during this very challenging time.

RE: COVID-19

After a lot of soul-searching and discussion with our Directors the Alice Leahy Trust decided to close on Friday 13th March.

Our centre is too small to ensure social distancing and the safety of our staff and the people who use our service would be compromised.

The people who call to use our service or visit us come from all over the city and beyond.

We too are conscious that we operate in the basement of a large city hostel and we must be mindful of their residents.

We do regret having to close but we had no option – we informed Dublin Regional Homeless Executive of our decision.

Jeanette is able to keep the office going from home and we liaise daily.

Like everyone else, we are daily monitoring the situation in these challenging times.

We look forward to the day when we can open our doors again but in the meantime – keep safe everyone.

Alice Leahy – Director of Services, Alice Leahy Trust

An Garda Siochana Centenary Celebration Event, Dublin Castle – 27th August 2022

An Garda Siochana Centenary Celebration Event, Dublin Castle – 27th August 2022

In the photo: Lieutenant Cillian O’Gorman (Thurles) Curragh Military Base, Transport Section, Alice Leahy (Fethard) Director of Services, the Alice Leahy Trust and Assistant Garda Commissioner Michael McElgunn (Thurles), Master of Ceremonies on the day.

Three Tipperary people photographed in Dublin Castle on Saturday 27th August 2022 at An Garda Síochána’s Centenary Celebration Event beside the Armoured Rolls Royce Car “Sliabh na mBan”. This car formed part of General Michael Collins’ convoy which was ambushed on 22nd August 1922 at Béal na Bláth in West Cork. The ambush resulted in the tragic death of General Collins, who was then Commander in Chief of the National Army.

Alice Leahy on The Hard Shoulder – Monday 8th August 2022

“I think the city has lost its soul completely.”

Daniel McConnell, Political Editor with the Irish Examiner wrote a piece at the weekend about the state of the streets of Dublin. He joined Kieran and Alice Leahy from The Alice Leahy Trust, to discuss why the city has fallen into such disarray.

Listen here: https://www.newstalk.com/podcasts/highlights-from-the-hard-shoulder/i-think-the-city-has-lost-its-soul-completely

‘Better to be in prison than on the streets’

Situation must be acknowledged and addressed

Sir, – Shauna Bowers’s article “It was better to be in prison than on the streets” (News, August 20th) included quotes from people in the field, backed up by statistics. Working for almost half a century with people who are homeless, we can verify that her account is accurate.

Over that time, we have met people pleading to go to prison, often breaking a window, or stealing a shirt, ensuring a garda was not too far away, making sure a pass to Mountjoy would be in the pipeline.

Sitting in an overcrowded court room listening to a homeless woman pleading with a kindly judge to send her to prison and to ignore the naive person pleading for her release was a bewildering but useful lesson for some observers.

Some readers will find this hard to understand. This is what can happen when someone is desperate and crying out for help, seeking a respite from sleeping on the streets or in unsafe and hostile environments.

All too often the Garda Síochána is the only service available to them.

The issues raised have been highlighted by many people and agencies over the years supported by reports at considerable expense, with little obvious change.

Homelessness is not about housing alone and has many contributing factors. We addressed these issues with the Oireachtas Joint Committee, on Housing, Local Government and Heritage on January 29th, 2021.

This can be seen on our website aliceleahytrust.ie.

Many of us welcomed the closure of the large psychiatric hospitals, naively believing that appropriate services would be put in place and adequately resourced, but this never happened and has clearly been a contributing factor to the situation we now find ourselves in.

Respite in prison for people who are homeless and have mental health problems, with the associated stigma, will continue, until the situation is acknowledged and addressed. – Yours, etc,

ALICE LEAHY,

Director of Services,

Alice Leahy Trust,

Dublin 8.

Matt Bishop, Director of Music, Sanctuary Choir of First Presbyterian Church, Iowa (USA) and some members of the choir visited the Alice Leahy Trust centre

Matt Bishop, Director of Music, Sanctuary Choir of First Presbyterian Church, Iowa (USA) and some members of the choir visited the Alice Leahy Trust centre Tuesday 19th July 2022 to present Alice Leahy, Director of Services with a donation following on from their 12 day Outreach Tour of Ireland. Also joining them on the day Monsignor Eoin Thynne, long time friend and supporter of Alice Leahy Trust.