- 19 Aug 10
People from Eastern Europe begging on Irish streets are an increasingly common sight. What motivates them to travel across an entire continent to sit shivering outside a suburban Spar? And what happens to the families they bring with them?
As I went to buy the morning paper on Friday, a scrawny man with bare feet shuffled along the pavement, carefully selected a spot right outside the shop and threw down his blanket. When I returned a few minutes later he was well settled in, empty disposable coffee cup raised to the passing trade.