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Homelessness is a serious problem in Dublin, and it's one that many people choose to ignore.

Cinematography student Fionn Kane highlighted the issue by shooting an emotive video called I'm Still Human, focusing on the hardship faced by James, a homeless man who has been living on the streets for six years.

Through the documentary, James reveals the horrific realities of life as a homeless man in Dublin, and tells the camera how he has been assaulted, humiliated and even urinated on while sleeping rough. 

James previously drew attention to the homeless crisis back in November, when he was the subject of a Facebook post by Alicia Gayson (we recommend giving the full post a read).

Alicia's post was spurred by an incident that happened in which she and James were shamed into leaving McDonalds on O'Connell Street due to James' homeless status, and were asked to move along despite the fact that they had paid for the meals they were consuming.

The post has since received 32,000 responses and has been shared almost 17,000 times. 

Alicia is a vocal advocate for the rights of homeless people, and also features in the short film to speak about the incident. She also discusses the attitudes towards homeless people, and refers to one man whom she was involved in a debate with on the FM104 show.

"He was referring in the most derogatory terms to homeless people. He was calling them junkie scumbags, saying that they were a plague on earth," she said.

"Not everybody that is homeless is an addict. Even if we looked at just the addicts, no mother gives birth to a child with the hopes and aspirations that her child was going to become what society deem as a junkie scumbag that's going to sit out on a bridge and beg."

"No human being, when growing up in school and asked what they want to be when they grow up, is going to say they want to be a homeless beggar on O'Connell Street."

Fionn Kane, the creative behind I'm Still Human, told SHEmazing! about his intentions for the documentary:

"I guess the thing that spurred me the most was the fact that there are human beings sleeping in such harsh conditions, whom society seem to have forgotten about."

"These people might be drug addicts, they might have mental health problems, but at the end of the day they feel empathy, compassion and emotions just like me and you," said the aspiring director, who was working on another documentary about homelessness volunteers when he discovered James and Alicia's story.

"I searched for Alicia on Facebook and finally found her. Between filming them both, I was out in town shooting at night with volunteer groups and meeting some lovely, genuine people who have fallen on hard times."

A Go Fund Me page has been set up by Alicia Gayson, in the hopes of raising enough money to improve James' quality of life and get him off the streets and into some permanent housing.

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The A-list Hollywood duo have been especially guarded of their children's privacy ever since daughter James arrived two years ago.

Ryan Reynolds and Blake Lively have since gone on to have another daughter – born in September of this year – though as yet her name has not been revealed. 

 

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What now has been unveiled, however, is the children themselves… and they're every bit as precious and gorgeous as we imagined.

Yes, BOTH adorable Reynolds-Lively offspring turned up for their dad's Hollywood Walk Of Fame unveiling earlier today. 

And while the afternoon was all about Ryan, he made sure his wife of four years was firmly in the spotlight too.

"I want to thank my wife, Blake, who is sitting right there, who is everything to me," he begin in a speech which frankly still has us weeping with joy.

"You are the best thing that has ever happened to me.

 

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"You make everything better. You make everything in my life better. You've given me two of the most incredible children I've ever hoped to have."

Blake, 29, looked suitably stunning in a knee-length blue dress while man-of-the-hour Mr Reynolds, 40, was dapper in a complementing suit. 

James and her sister meanwhile were just, well, totes adorbs. 

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With work keeping them apart, and a baby daughter to look after, it's no wonder that Blake Lively and Ryan Reynold's three-year marriage has reportedly been under a lot of strain in recent months.

But after maintaining a dignified silence in the face of continued split rumours, Blake today seemed to tell the world that she and her husband are as solid as ever.

Marking Ryan's very first Father's Day – James was born in December – Ms Lively posted a humorous message to her Instagram account.

With an accompanying image of a strapping-looking Mr Reynolds cradling his daughter in a harness, the 27-year-old actress wrote: "Happy Fathers Day!!! … @vancityreynolds.

"Since the day our baby was born, I've felt so strongly in my heart that you were most likely the father."

However, she countered the light-heartedness of the online memo with a touching hastag: #ILoveYouSoMuchItsSilly

The pair, who met on the set of Green Lantern in early 2010 and began dating in October 2011, have so far not released any pictures of their daughter.

Still, in Blake's shot from today, James's tiny sock-clad feet can be sticking out from the bottom of her harness. 

Last month, Ryan, 38, also shared on Instagram a snap of his hand and his daughter's intertwined. 

Both actors have spoken gushingly of their love of parenthood, though on a recent airing of the Tonight Show, Blake jokingly told host Jimmy Fallon that she does "everything". "He does nothing!" she added.

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