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Homelessness not being dealt with by government – Ellis

29 September, 2011 - by Dessie Ellis TD

Sinn Féin spokesperson on Housing Dessie Ellis has condemned the Fine Gael/Labour government’s lack of action to tackle homelessness in Dublin city and across Ireland.

Deputy Ellis was responding to the news that Dublin Simon Community had to increase their emergency beds by 100% last year and yet 23,000 apartments lie idle in the city.

Ellis continued:

“The last government made a commitment to implement a strategy to end homelessness. The date for this work to be done has come and passed. Fine Gael and Labour have done nothing to further this cause since taking office despite the great opportunity presented by the idea of a social dividend from NAMA.

“The Simon Community across Ireland along with many other organisations are doing great work with homeless people. But the government must live up to its responsibility. NGOs cannot carry the burden of this serious issue.

“We in Sinn Féin believe in a person’s right to housing. The most acute denial of this right is the continuation of the cycles and pit falls of poverty which is at the heart of homelessness. The issue must be tackled with a renewed strategy based on best practice and close cooperation with groups like Simon Community.”

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