Sinn Féin spokesperson on Housing Dessie Ellis TD has called for emergency measures to be put in place to tackle rising rough sleeping numbers in Dublin this Winter. His comment follow the release of figures from the latest rough sleeper count in Dublin which found 139 people on the streets on the night of November 12th.
Deputy Ellis said;
"Rough sleepers are in the vast majority of cases on the street because of the serious shortage of emergency accommodation which is also oversubscribed because of a failure to address long term homelessness which is also growing. People sleeping rough are facing very cold conditions and are in significant danger of assault and worse. The tragic case over the weekend while not typical of most rough sleepers highlights the potential dangers these very vulnerable people face.
"The government have committed to ending long term homelessness and rough sleeping in just 2 years from now. They have made this commitment while cutting 58 million euro from housing in 2014 and forcing over 4 million to be cut from Dublin homelessness services. They need to give a detailed and clear plan of how they are tackling this very serious problem. Most of their pronouncements so far have been very light on figures and what figures they include are very vague.
"Today I have called on the Minister for Housing to debate with me the issue and to show what she intends to do in this critical moment for those on the streets. I ask that she takes me up on this call."