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While taking shelter from the rain outside Bank Of Ireland, College Green, Dublin, today at 11am, I noticed a homeless man sleeping in a doorway.
He had burrowed down into his sleeping bag to try and deafen the silence of a pneumatic drill that I was working only a couple of metres away.
Some passerby had left a sandwich wrapped in cling film and a banana by his sleeping bag.
However, apart from the actions of some good Samaritan, the passing world seemed to be oblivious to his presence.
I guess we all have our own troubles to worry about — a cancelled concert, a wet holiday or some other catastrophic impending disaster, but for him it was simpler — just staying alive.
Later, I couldn’t help but reflect with some irony that the incident had so much symbolism coming as it did outside one of the institutions that had pauperised this country.
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