House Our Homeless & Refugees – NAMA

Nama and the Irish government need to open abandoned hotels, buildings, houses and stop knocking property in rural areas and rehouse our homeless and the refugees coming to Ireland. We have to say no to direct provision and put them into our community and live in dignity and assimilated into our communities. We need to have strict medical checks and support services ready to help them. Teach them our language and a trade or skill. Educate the kids in our schools. Give them a second chance. This could be a great operation for rural Ireland, to regenerate, that has lost a lot of their young population to emigration.

Our homeless has been a huge problem for years and remains unsolved and suddenly when re-elections and Ireland’s public image is concerned we can open our doors to thousands of refugees. This is right, these poor people are escaping war zones. I do feel very sorry too for families divided living in a hotel room or B&B room for years.

The Catholic Church still owe the state huge sums from the abuse cases and they could hand over abandoned convents, monasteries and schools. They are asking people to open rooms in their houses. They are silent about our homeless situation!!!

Why aren’t the Arabs helping these refugees?

Syria: Syrian Arab Republic ( Wikipedia)

Syria is a traditional society with a long cultural history Importance is placed on family, religion, education, self-discipline and respect. The Syrians’ taste for the traditional arts is expressed in dances such as the al-Samah, the Dabkeh in all their variations, and the sword dance. Marriage ceremonies and the birth of children are occasions for the lively demonstration of folk customs.

Arabic is the official language. Several modern Arabic dialects are used in everyday life, most notably Levantine in the west and Mesopotamian in the northeast. Kurdish (in its Kurmanji form) is widely spoken in the Kurdish regions of Syria. Armenian and Turkish (South Azeri dialect) are spoken among the Armenian and Turkmen minorities.

Aramaic was the lingua franca of the region before the advent of Arabic, and is still spoken among Assyrians, and Classical Syriac is still used as the liturgical language of various Syriac Christian denominations. Most remarkably, Western Neo-Aramaic is still spoken in the village of Ma’loula as well as two neighboring villages, 56 km (35 mi) northeast of Damascus. Many educated Syrians also speak English and French.

Syrian food mostly consists of Southern Mediterranean, Greek, and Southwest Asian dishes. Some Syrian dishes also evolved from Turkish and French cooking: dishes like shish kebab, stuffed zucchini, yabra’ (stuffed grape leaves, the word yapra’ derıves from the Turkish word ‘yaprak’ meaning leaf).

The main dishes that form Syrian cuisine are kibbeh, hummus, tabbouleh, fattoush, labneh, shawarma, mujaddara, shanklish, pastırma, sujuk and baklava. Baklava is made of filo pastry filled with chopped nuts and soaked in honey. Syrians often serve selections of appetizers, known as meze, before the main course. Za’atar, minced beef, and cheese manakish are popular hors d’œuvres. The Arabic flatbread khubz is always eaten together with meze.

Education is free and compulsory from ages 6 to 12. Schooling consists of 6 years of primary education followed by a 3-year general or vocational training period and a 3-year academic or vocational program. The second 3-year period of academic training is required for university admission. Total enrollment at post-secondary schools is over 150,000. The literacy rate of Syrians aged 15 and older is 90.7% for males and 82.2% for females.

 2010, spending on healthcare accounted for 3.4% of the country’s GDP. In 2008, there were 14.9 physicians and 18.5 nurses per 10,000 inhabitants.The life expectancy at birth was 75.7 years in 2010, or 74.2 years for males and 77.3 years for females.

Homeless Ireland:

DePaul Ireland:

Depaul is a charity helping people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness.

Focus Ireland:   (charity)

Focus Ireland  estimates that there are up to 5,000 people at any one time who are homeless in Ireland.

Homelessness Ireland:

Simon Community on Ireland’s Homeless Problem:

Homelessness can mean sleeping rough, staying in emergency hostels or shelters, staying in temporary bed and breakfast accommodation or staying with friends and relatives when there is nowhere else to go. Homelessness is all of these things. For people experiencing homelessness it is about a lack of security, a lack of belonging and often about being cold, sick and isolated.The current economic climate means more people are at risk of homelessness than ever before with further cut backs in health, education, welfare services and training more people will become homeless and turn to the Simon Communities for support.

Each year the Simon Communities work with up to 5,000 people in Ireland. Being homeless is more than not having a roof over your head or sleeping rough, a greater number of people and families are staying in emergency accommodation like B&B’s, hostels, staying in squats or with family and friends as they have nowhere else to go.

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The National Asset Management Agency is a body created by the government of Ireland in late 2009, in response to the Irish financial crisis and the deflation of the Irish property bubble.

NAMA’s Website:

The U.N. estimates that 7.6 million people are internally displaced.

Syria Crisis:


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