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Promises made to homeless people in Apollo House must be fulfilled - Mary Lou McDonald TD

11 January, 2017 - by Mary Lou McDonald TD


Sinn Féin Deputy Leader and TD for Dublin Central, Mary Lou McDonald has called on the government to follow through on the commitment made to the homeless people in Apollo House.

Deputy McDonald stated that Minister Coveney and Dublin City Council must ensure that the accommodation on offer must be suitable and up to standard.

Teachta McDonald said:

“I am concerned at reports that the accommodation offered to the homeless people in Apollo House is not up to standard.  That should not be the case.

“Promises were made to the people who are currently residing in Apollo House and those promises must be upheld.

“The idea of putting people out on the street is incomprehensible particularly with the cold snap on the way.

“The government needs to instigate a necessary shift in policy to deal with the housing and homelessness crisis currently enveloping the state.  Sinn Féin has stated time and time again that Minister Coveney must be more ambitious in his social housing building programme.

“The cross party Dáil committee on Housing and Homelessness recommended that a minimum of 10,000 new real social units should to be delivered on an annual basis.

“We also need Minister Noonan to make a commitment to use his powers to direct NAMA to provide residences and emergency accommodation to all those in need. Minister Coveney should also introduce real rent certainty and tenancy protection measures for families facing eviction in buy-to-let properties.

“Sinn Féin will continue to push the government to act decisively and compassionately on the matter as the Dáil term resumes.“

ENDS

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