Joe Brolly goes by many labels. Former footballer. All-Ireland winner. Barrister. GAA pundit. Columnist. However, last night he appeared on the Late Late Show to discuss distinctively different aspects of his life including how growing up in the troubles forged his pacifism, cystic fibrosis and the homelessness crisis.
Recently the GAA community united to sleep out on the streets of Ireland in order to raise awareness surrounding the housing crisis in this country. Speaking last night, Brolly elaborated on something mentioned in his Sunday column earlier this year, that he had taken in a homeless man and allowed him to stay with him.
He was in a very bad condition on the street and I had slept out before just to get a feel for it all. I mean, there shouldn't be homelessness. The problem with homelessness is the problem with inequality in society. It's not something that can be cured be fundraising, it has to be cured by legislation. By policies that try to reduce inequality, like the Scandinavian countries for example. 25 years ago a home was somewhere to live, somewhere to raise your children... roundabout then it became a commodity like any other and no protections were put in place.
It became inevitable for large sections of our people because our social security net had shrunk and shrunk, inequality has increased. For example, in the North, there are 80'000 people without a home.
— The Late Late Show (@RTELateLateShow) April 6, 2018
His appearance proved hugely popular.
Joe Brolly ,donating his organs to strangers ,taking in the homeless.move over Miriam we may have a new candidate😇😇😇 #latelate
— Therese kiernan (@Theresekiernan1) April 6, 2018
That’s why I love #JoeBrolly - there is an incredibly good man trapped inside that cranky whore!! ❤️#RyanTubridy now appreciates what it’s like for me trying to end a conversation with him! #latelate pic.twitter.com/Q3wH422n6i
— Des Cahill (@sportsdes) April 6, 2018
Joe brolly the analyst, controversial, opinionated and not very well liked, Joe brolly the person, top class gent #LateLateShow
— Keelan Sexton (@keelansexton) April 6, 2018