Latvian Ambassador Expresses Concern Over Homeless Nationals in Ireland

Latvian Ambassador Expresses Concern Over Homeless Nationals in Ireland

 During his visit to the Mendicity Institution on Thursday 22nd of September, Mr. Gints Apals, Ambassador of the Republic of Latvia to Ireland, expressed concern over the situation of homeless foreign nationals in Ireland.

‘The Latvian community in Ireland is relatively small, compared to the Polish, Lithuanian and Romanian, somewhere in the region of 30,000’, Mr. Apals said. ‘However, we are aware of cases of homeless Latvians, especially in the Dublin and Carlow areas.’
 
Mr. Apals personally met and spoke to a number of Latvians affected by homelessness who avail regularly of the services provided by the Mendicity Institution.
 

Mr. Charles Richards, the Manager of the Mendicity Institution explained, ‘‘There are Latvians, Lithuanians, Poles and Romanians in desperate situations in Ireland, experiencing homelessness and destitution. While we very active in addressing these problems in a variety of ways, we recognise the positive role that their respective national communities can and do play. We would invite and welcome national community leaders to contact us at the Mendicity Institution if they are in a position to assist us in our work.’


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