Articles tagged with: Eoin Carroll

Homelessness and Social Housing Policy

on Saturday, 14 October 2017. Posted in Issue 80 Rebuilding Ireland: A Flawed Philosophy, 2017

Homelessness and Social Housing Policy

Peter McVerry SJ, Eoin Carroll and Margaret Burns


The Continuing Rise in Homelessness
The most disturbing aspect of the current housing crisis is, of course, the extent to which individuals and families are experiencing homelessness.

While homelessness has been rising since at least 2013 there has been a particularly marked increase since 2015. As indicated by Table 1 below, the total number of people living in emergency accommodation more than doubled in the period January 2015 to August 2017 (rising from 3,845 to 8,270). The number of families in such accommodation more than tripled (rising from 401 in January 2015 to 1,442 in August 2017), as did the number of children (increasing from 865 to 3,048). One person in three now living in emergency accommodation in Ireland is a child. There has also been a 32 per cent increase in the number of adults on their own in emergency accommodation (up from 2,441 in January 2015 to 3,235 in August 2017).1



Exploring the Policy Process: The Genesis of the Dóchas Centre

on Friday, 12 October 2012. Posted in Issue 70 Prison Policy Matters , Penal Policy



What might good prison policy look like in practice? In an article in The Guardian in May 2012, Halden Prison in Norway, which opened in 2010, was described as 'the most humane prison in the world'.1 Yet the prison is, in fact, a high-security jail accommodating about 250 prisoners found guilty of the most serious offences, including murder, manslaughter, and sex offences.

Is there a Need for the Women's Prison to Move from Mountjoy to Thornton Hall?

on Thursday, 27 March 2008. Posted in Issue 57 Thornton Hall Prison: A Progressive Move?

Eoin Carroll
April 2008
The Dóchas Centre

The Dóchas Centre

© C. Quinlan
The Report of the Committee of Inquiry into the Irish Prison System (the Whitaker Report), published in 1985, identified women in prison as a particularly vulnerable group. It recommended that, in so far as possible, women offenders should be given non-custodial penalties and that of those imprisoned the majority should be accommodated in an open prison.1 More recent studies – in 2001 and 2003 – have also highlighted the vulnerability of women in the prison system.2

Homes not Hostels: Rethinking Homeless Policy

on Tuesday, 13 November 2007. Posted in Issue 56 The Anniversary Issue

Peter McVerry SJ, Executive Director of the Peter McVerry Trust, which provides accommodation and care for homeless young people
Eoin Carroll, Advocacy and Social Policy Research Officer with the Jesuit Centre for Faith and Justice

November 2007


Homeless people dream of a key to their own front door

pdf Homes not Hostels: Rethinking Homeless Policy



Most homeless people simply want a place they can call home. Some need varying levels of support to enable them to keep a home. But a key to their own front door is the symbol of the desires of homeless people.