Dublin City Council responds to the ‘Warm for Winter’ initiative.
At the beginning of last week, coats and jackets were noticed hanging on Dublin’s Ha’penny Bridge, alongside a poster reading: “If you need one then please take one. If you want to help, please hang one up #warmforwinter”.
The idea was to help the homeless community in Dublin to keep warm during the cold winter nights. All coats were donated by Dubliners.
However, the jackets have been taken down by the Dublin City Council. They say: “Dublin City Council asks people not to hang clothes on the Ha’penny Bridge for health & safety reasons-it reduces pedestrian flows & causes congestion on the bridge. Please consider giving them to charity shops. Items collected by DCC will be redistributed via our homeless services”.
A video originally posted by Ali Nic an tSaoir, has been circulating online, showing DCC workers gathering up the coats and removing them from the bridge.
Witnesses were left shocked and outraged by the incident, with one person describing it as “one of the most disgusting things I’ve ever seen”.
Some comments online were ironically addressed at DCC, such as “I just got pushed off the bridge by the coats… said no one ever.”
Many said at the beginning that the campaign helped to restore their faith in humanity. We are sure that this is not exactly how they all feel about this statement now.