New laws crack down on begging in Ireland

12/23/2008 | Washington Post, The

In the face of increased panhandling amid a global financial crisis created by the world's wealthiest, in which the effects of the crisis are most pronounced for those with the least, Irish authorities have introduced punitive regulations restricting the manners of beggars. Irish beggars must be polite or be subject to a €700 fine or a month in jail. Efforts to criminalize panhandling in Ireland have increased as poor immigrants from Romania and Eastern Europe have inflated the ranks of the country's homeless.

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