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Enda Kenny was on the streets talking to homeless people last night

“He had his woolly hat on and his jacket on and his scarf and he walked around and he fed people.”

Enda Kenny (File photo)
Enda Kenny (File photo)
Image: Sam Boal/Photocall Ireland

Updated 11.27am 

ENDA KENNY SPENT around three hours on the streets of Dublin last night talking to homeless men and women, it has emerged.

Kenny was out with Dublin Lord Mayor Christy Burke and the director of Inner City Helping Homeless (ICHH) Anthony Flynn to see first-hand the homelessness situation on Dublin’s streets.

The event was not publicised in advance and news of it only emerged when the ICCH issued a press release in the early hours of this morning.

ICHH said that Kenny joined them as they conducted their outreach programme on the city centre streets at around 11pm last night.

The Taoiseach was out until 2am as ICHH fed some 136 people around the Temple Bar and Grafton Street areas. He spoke to nearly two dozen people about their experiences.

“‘It was great to see the Taoiseach at the root of the problem, he got to see first-hand the conditions that people are living in on the streets,” Flynn said in a statement this morning.

“Myself, An Taoiseach and The Lord Mayor of Dublin Christy Burke have agreed to actively work on finding a long term solution to the homeless problem.”

Burke revealed that the Taoiseach donned his thermals to take to the streets, telling reporters outside the Mansion House this morning:

“He had his woolly hat on and his jacket on and his scarf and he walked around and he fed people and he listened to people. He was saddened, I know. He is human like us all and you’d have to be made of stone not to be touched by what you see on the streets.”

A spokesperson for the Taoiseach confirmed he was out on the capital’s streets last night, saying Kenny felt it was important “to engage and hear their stories”.

“He was out until 2am. He was very moved by it, it was a cold night and he met with 23 people, chatted with them and spoke to them about their individual situations. He felt it was important to see first-hand the challenge of sleeping rough,” the spokesperson said.

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