Sinn Fein Housing spokesperson Dessie Ellis TD has today called on the government to release emergency funding to protect homeless people from the cold weather this Christmas.
His call came as the Simon Community launched its annual report stating that a total of four homeless people had been found dead in recent weeks.
Deputy Ellis said;
“We know that there are more rough sleepers on the streets. We know that shelters and homeless services are being pushed to the absolute limits of their ability to provide for people on the streets and we know that they have been cut and cut again by this government.
“People are dying and something needs to be done immediately to save lives. There has been a 20% rise in rough sleepers in Dublin this year. That is many more people on our streets in this very cold and inhospitable weather.
“No one should be dying of exposure in our streets for lack of a warm bed. It is utterly shameful. The Minister must meet with homeless services immediately and set out where emergency funding must go to ensure that not one more person dies on our streets because they are homeless.
“She must also make a real and meaningful commitment to funding measures to end homelessness.”