Christmas decorations are to be handed out to homeless and low-income people in Northern Ireland, after the charity that runs them said the city’s Christmas services were not sufficiently inclusive.
The Red Cross said the Christmas services at Dublin’s St Patrick’s Cathedral, where the city celebrates the birth of Jesus Christ, had been scaled back to three hours from the usual six.
The charity said more than 40,000 homeless people were expected to attend the services at the cathedral.
The number of people with disabilities in Northern Irish society has risen by more than half since 2010, reaching 6.6 per cent, it said.
It also said the number of adults with disabilities living in Northern England had fallen by nearly a third since 2010.
More: A homeless man was found dead in the Dublin area on Saturday, as a new report found more than 600 people had been killed in the city in 2017.
The report by the Irish National Homelessness Information Service (NIHIS) said there were 1,097 people in homelessness in Dublin and that more than one in five people in the area were living in poverty.
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