3,000 kids begging in Dublin; Spotlight on the waif children.
IRELAND'S child begging shame has been exposed in a shocking new report.
Child welfare experts have recorded almost 3,000 incidences of youngsters begging for change on the streets of Dublin alone - and accused the government of treating the nation's cattle better than its children
There are around 150 child beggars - a mix of desperate homeless youngsters trying to survive as well as those sent out on to the streets by greedy greed·y
adj. greed·i·er, greed·i·est
1. Excessively desirous of acquiring or possessing, especially wishing to possess more than what one needs or deserves.
2. , uncaring parents.
The annual report on child street beggars from ISPCC ISPCC Irish Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Children offshoot Leanbh is the first indication of the extent of the problem.
Leanbh also helped rescue almost a quarter of the city's street urchins Noun 1. street urchin - a child who spends most of his time in the streets especially in slum areas
gamine - a homeless girl who roams the streets in its first year of operation.
It is now calling on Finance Minister Charlie McCreevy (Charles) Charlie McCreevy, (Irish name: Cathal Mac Riabhaigh; born 30 September, 1949) is an Irish politician. He is the European Commissioner for the Internal Market and Services portfolio since 2004. to provide money to tackle the crisis in his December budget.
"The report confirms a shockingly shock·ing
1. Highly disturbing emotionally.
2. Highly offensive; indecent or distasteful.
3. Very vivid or intense in tone: shocking pink. high incidence of child begging on the streets of Dublin," ISPCC spokesman Cian O'Tighearnaigh said. "Nearly a third of the sightings involved children of less than 10 years of age.
"We are calling on the Eastern Health Board to regard begging as a serious child protection concern."
Leanbh volunteers patrolled the streets of Dublin 24 hours a day in a bid to rescue at-risk youngsters.
They succeeded in intervening in·ter·vene
intr.v. in·ter·vened, in·ter·ven·ing, in·ter·venes
1. To come, appear, or lie between two things: You can't see the lake from there because the house intervenes.
2. in more than nine out of 10 cases.
Social workers fear that the beggars run the risk of being targeted by drug dealers, pimps and paedophiles.
Leanbh counselled 27 familes in the last 12 months, but it slammed the state's response to the 2,872 cases it referred to the health board.
"We call on the Eastern Health Board to prioritise Verb 1. prioritise - assign a priority to; "we have too many things to do and must prioritize"
grade, rate, rank, place, range, order - assign a rank or rating to; "how would you rank these students?"; "The restaurant is rated highly in the food child begging by identifying the abandonment and exploitation of children as a serious child protection issue," said Mr O'Tighearnaigh.
"It is clear the elimination of child begging is possible before the end of the century, but much has to be done."