Well, it’s not the first time I’ve mentioned Homelessness in Ireland on this blog – and it probably won’t be the last. According to recent figures from the Peter McVerry Trust, there was over 3,300 children experiencing homelessness here over the Christmas period.
So don’t tell me that we’re on the upturn.
I’ve never seen the like of this before. What kind of society do we live in where the poor, the sick and the unfortunate are sleeping in doorways on old bits of cardboard? And elderly people wait on hospital trolleys in overcrowded emergency departments?
Generally, I try not to complain on this blog, I try to look for sources of inspiration, to light candles rather than curse the darkness but sometimes, one has to tell it like it is, don’t you think? It’s just not right. I remember years ago, the then President Mary McAleese said that we would be judged on how well we looked after those people on the margins of our society.
Well, we’re not looking after them, are we?
But wait, I should qualify that remark – the state is not looking after them. But the people still care. Once a month I stand outside our local church to collect for the Society of St.Vincent de Paul – and once a month, I’m chuffed and humbled by the generosity of the people there. Good neighbours. Good Samaritans.
Now, wouldn’t it be good if the government took a similar approach.
The paintings on the blog this week are all old ones. I started them in the infamous era of the Celtic Tiger. Oh sure, there was plenty of money “sloshing” around those days – but not everyone was feeling the benefits of it. And not everyone was partying the night away…
Sorry, that’s my rant for today. Here’s me bus.
See more of my paintings at the Olivier Cornet Gallery
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