15 October 2021 No Comments by The Northern Standard

Claims were made at Monday’s meeting of Monaghan Co Council that some of the people who had recently been sleeping rough in the streets of Monaghan Town were part of an organised begging operation. “There are people with five-bedroom houses in Dublin coming into Monaghan to beg,” Independent North Monaghan local public representative Seamus Treanor alleged during a discussion on the Draft Regional Homeless Action Plan, which was presented to the meeting by Co Council Social Worker Mary Walker. The issue of rough sleepers was initially raised during the discussion by Sinn Féin representative Noel Keelan, who said that he never thought he would see the day when they had so many people sleeping rough in his own town of Carrickmacross, and throughout the country.

He was aware that different agencies were working together to deal with this situation, but the general public were asking public representatives what they were doing about it. “I know this is a complex problem and that the solution is complex,” Councillor Keelan stated, asking Ms Walker to touch on the subject as the general public was very concerned about it and “concerned about the welfare of these young men who seem not to have a place to lay their heads at night.”

“We have to be honest and face reality – rough sleeping is something that is starting to creep in to the county,” Carrickmacross- based Fianna Fáil councillor P J O’Hanlon stated. He thought there needed to be more interaction between agencies on this issue: “There are some cracks and one or two are falling into these cracks. It is…

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