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Minister O’Sullivan must intervene to save youth homeless facility – Ó Snodaigh

7 May, 2013 - by Aengus Ó Snodaigh TD

Speaking in the Dáil this evening, Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh called on Minister Jan O’Sullivan to intervene to ensure that the Cara Foyer facility for homeless youths on Marrowbone Lane is kept open.

The Dublin South-Central TD said;

“Currently discussions are being held between Dublin City Council and the Simon Community in relation to turning the facility in a homeless shelter.

“There is no doubt that more homeless accommodation is needed in Dublin, however there was a commitment given to the local communities that this would be a youth only facility.

“In fact, they were told that it was ‘this or nothing’.

“It is an incredibly innovative space that also accommodates homeless or at-risk young people between 18 and 25 while they get on their feet.

“A change to this space would mean that there is a possibility that older adults including convicted sex offenders and drug users will be housed in this accommodation.

“There are other facilities which can house these groups but there is nowhere else that provides a safe space and holistic approaches to addressing the needs of homeless young people in the city.

“The Foyer is currently operated by Cara and it is said they are pulling out due to financial difficulties.

“Minister Jan O’Sullivan will be aware of these as she served on the board of Cara for years.

“I am calling on the Minister to examine the options open which could include allowing the facility to continue to run on its current grant level by Dublin City Council itself or by a new entity or by another service provider such as the YMCA.

“This is an essential service provided in Dublin for young people at risk and the Minister must act immediately to ensure that it is saved.”


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