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Sinn Féin responds to two tragic deaths of rough sleepers – Ó Broin

29 November, 2017 - by Eoin Ó Broin TD

Sinn Féin Housing spokesperson Eoin Ó Broin TD has offered his condolences to the family and friends of the men who passed away sleeping rough in Dublin since Monday.

Deputy Ó Broin said:

“This week, we have had two more tragic deaths of rough sleepers on our streets. We do not know the full circumstances of the deaths yet. One of the deceased was a rough sleeper who was sleeping in a tent in Ranelagh. The other was a man who appears to have been rough sleeping at the Four Courts in Dublin City Centre. This is now seven people who have died while sleeping rough in Dublin, Drogheda, Cork, and Bray over the past three months.

“The government does not have the homeless crisis in hand. This month, the Dublin Regional Homeless Executive quarterly rough sleeper count revealed a 33% increase in the number of people forced to sleep on the streets in November.

“The opening of the 200 additional cold weather beds due in mid-December must be brought forward.

“However, the only real accommodation solution for rough sleepers with complex needs is the Housing First programme.  To date, only 180 Housing First tenancies have been created out of a government target of 300 for 2017.

“Minister Eoghan Murphy must make a commitment to expand the number of Housing First tenancies to 1,000 in order to really make an impact in the crisis. The Minister must also seriously consider adopting the six proposals outlined by the Peter McVerry trust today aimed at tackling the deepening crisis.” 

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