My name is Shane Bradley. I am homeless because my parents both died and I couldn’t pay the mortgage on their house, where I was living in Rathmines, Dublin.
My ma died when I was 10. She was 29. My da died eight years ago. I ended up homeless then.
I am trying to get 25 euro together today for a hostel for the week or I am on the streets all week.
The winter was horrible. It’s funny because I was brought up quite middle class.
Anyone can end up homeless. I just couldn’t afford the mortgage and there was no help for me so I have been on the streets eight years.
A lot of homeless people take drugs or drink to get through it because it is very tough on the streets.
I feel like not much longer and that will be me. Just to escape.
The Government aren’t doing anything for us. They should be housing people like me. I am a human being.
I have been attacked five times on the streets. Most of the time, no one even talks to me.
I might as well be invisible.