Agreement reached to keep Dublin homeless shelter open for winter period

Carman's Hall in the Liberties is providing shelter for around 50 rough sleepers.

Agreement reached to keep Dublin homeless shelter open for winter period

Carman’s Hall at Francis Street in Dublin is being used as emergency temporary accommodation for rough sleepers, 13-10-2017. Image: Sam Boal/RollingNews

An agreement has been reached to avoid the immediate closure of a homeless shelter in the Liberties area of Dublin city.

The High Court has agreed to put a stay on such an order following positive discussions between Dublin City Council and local residents.

Just before last Christmas, Carman’s Hall on Francis St. in the Liberties opened its doors to the homeless.

It was only supposed to be temporary but is still providing a roof over the heads of around 50 rough sleepers.

A group of local residents challenged Dublin City Council’s decision to allow the parish hall to be used as a homeless hostel.

They want the building, which is owned by the Catholic Archdiocese of Dublin, to be used as a community centre.

They claimed the council’s authorisation was a breach of planning laws and the High Court agreed.

Discussions between the parties in the time since have been productive – with both sides agreeing it can be used as a homeless shelter for the next five months.

Before approving the agreement today, Mr Justice Donald Binchy said it would have been “unthinkable” for it to close its doors at this time of year.

He praised all involved and put a stay on the order until May.