“Emergency homeless services in Dublin are in crisis. There are now more people forced to sleep on the streets than at any time in the past 10 years. Dublin City Council is reduced to handing out sleeping bags to many homeless people each night.” So said Peter McVerry SJ, in a strong letter to the Irish Times on 6 September. He made an urgent call on behalf of the homeless people with whom he works, one of whom rang the emergency help line and was kept waiting for almost two hours beore being informed there were no beds available. “It is frustrating enough to be homeless when the services actually work; with the services now close to collapse, frustation levels are boiling over.” RTE’s News at One picked up the story. Listen to Peter here.