Staff from South African Embassy visit the Alice Leahy Trust to mark Nelson Mandela International Day – 18/07/2023


South African Embassy staff visit the Alice Leahy Trust on Tuesday 18th July to mark Nelson Mandela International Day with donations of wet wipes, t-shirts, hoodies and underwear –  all bought and paid for by South African Embassy staff.  The day honours the legacy of Nelson Mandela through volunteering and community service.  Nelson Mandela fought for social justice for 67 years and people are called upon to devote at least 67 minutes of their time to positively impact their community and other people’s lives.


Homelessness and ill-health – A reminder of how services have changed or not since the 1970s and 1980s

Sir, – Inclusion Health has a dedicated team of a senior social worker, a clinical nurse specialist, a psychiatric nurse and case manager as described by Prof Clíona Ní Cheallaigh (“Homelessness leading to more ill-health, says expert”, News, July 3rd).

She noted that in 2015 – eight years ago – 10 per cent of those presenting at emergency departments were homeless.

Homelessness is complex and the story of the man referred to in the article would replicate the story of many people known to homeless services, this while acknowledging the uniqueness of every human being.

It was a reminder of how services have changed or not since the 1970s and 1980s. Then, hospital staff generally led by well-informed social workers, public health nurses, hospital doctors and nurses, community welfare officers (sadly no more) worked closely together with agencies working in the field of homelessness and, of course, there was less bureaucracy.

Yes, the drug situation was not as bad then and the numbers of people homeless was much lower. This situation too was helped by the availability of corporation flats, bedsits, and hostels and night shelters run by dedicated staff who provided a safe environment for those calling hostels home.

“The more things change, the more they remain the same.” – Yours, etc,


Director of Services,

Alice Leahy Trust,

Dublin 8.


The dangers of groupthink

Sir, – Breda O’Brien posed a number of important questions about citizens’ assemblies (“Do citizens’ assemblies offer the public a stake or just more liberal groupthink?”, Opinion & Analysis, June 25th).

How can 99 citizens “chosen randomly” reading endless reports and listening to chosen experts encompass the views of about five million people in a functioning democracy?

Will this type of process lead to politicians accepting without question what they are presented with, rather than listening to the views of the general public?

– Yours, etc,


Director of Services,

Alice Leahy Trust,


How do we solve the housing crisis?

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The recently released April 2023 Homeless Report, reveals a distressing milestone as the number of individuals in emergency accommodation surpasses 12,000 for the first time. Engaging in a discussion is Pat Dennigan, CEO of Focus Ireland, shedding light on the organisation’s efforts to address homelessness, Alice Leahy, Director of Services at the Alice Leahy Trust, sharing her invaluable insights from years of working with the homeless population, and Paul Murphy, People Before Profit TD for Dublin South-West, offers a political perspective on tackling the housing crisis.