Ennis couple to sleep out to highlight plight of homeless

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JOANNE Finn and Eric Moore will show solidarity with the thousands of Irish people who are currently without a home by sleeping on the streets of Ennis this Friday.

Eric and Joanne were moved to do something to highlight the growing crisis, which they feel the Government is failing to address.

“It is something that can affect any of us at any time in our lives and we need to help these people in any way that we can. We need to work harder to prevent this from happening. People are developing addictions and taking their own lives because they cannot cope with their reality and the situation they find themselves in,” Eric said.

Joanne Finn and Eric Moore

The pair plan to sleep on O’Connell Square in Ennis, as part of the Shine a Light on Homelessness campaign run by Focus Ireland.

A number of people have come forward to say they will join them at the sleep out on Friday, including Jess Dangall and her teenage daughters Eleanor and Aless Dagnall-Wise.

“When we moved to Ennis, we spent a month in hotels as housing is in short supply. It really made us think about families that are in worse situations than ours, with no light at the end of the tunnel,” Jess said.

Eric said both he and Joanne have had a huge response from the public, with donations already coming in ahead of the sleep out.

“We want to thank everyone who has donated, contacted us with well wishes and to those that want to be involved. People are becoming increasingly aware of the gravity of this emergency,” Eric said.

Those wishing to donate can do so at: https://www.gofundme.com/shine-a-light-for-homeslessness



Stuart Holly is the editor and co-founder of The Clare Echo. A native of Ennis, Stuart studied at St Flannan's College before obtaining a journalism degree in Dublin. After interning at The Evening Herald, he landed his first job with The Irish Daily Mail, Stuart worked in newspaper production with the Independent Group and in Auckland, New Zealand before a lengthy spell as a pun-spewing sub-editor at the Irish Daily Star. In 2015, Stuart returned to The Banner County where he took up employment as a news reporter with The Clare People.

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