Navan based independent councillor, Alan Lawes, took to social media last week to detail what it is like for volunteers like him every weekend as they try and assist those that are homeless in and around Navan.
Lawes heartbreaking post speaks volumes and is reproduced below without comment.
A sample weekend on outreach in Co Meath.
Friday: Responded to a call from a homeless man Friday afternoon sleeping rough in a shed in Navan needing assistance.
Saturday: Saturday afternoon responded to a call from a resident in Kells after he spotted a homeless man. I met the local resident and he showed me where the homeless man was sleeping. We couldn’t find the man but left our contact details at the site.
Saturday night got a call from a volunteer with @meathriverrescue that there was evidence of a homeless man sleeping rough in the centre of town. I and another volunteer @deco54nav Declan Murtagh Sr searched the town Saturday night but couldn’t locate the man but left our contact details at the site where the man was sleeping.
Sunday: I got a call Sunday morning about a young homeless couple sleeping rough in a small rural town in Co Meath. I responded and gave a tent and sleeping bag for the couple. Unlike Dublin, we don’t have a homeless emergency service on the weekends as its only available under very limited circumstances