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Doolan slams hostel evictions

13 August, 2004

Sinn Féin Representative for Dublin South East, Councillor Daithí Doolan, has today slammed the proposed evictions of tenants from a north inner city hostel.

Councillor Doolan said:

"The proposed evictions from St Joseph's Hostel, Portland Row are a disgrace. These evictions are simply to make way for redevelopment, yet no attempt has been made to re-house the tenants, many of which are very vulnerable. I wrote to PJ McGrath & Company, the owners of the property, asking them to put a stay on the evictions while we work to re-house the remaining tenants. Only this evening I rang and appealed directly to them to hold off on tomorrow's evictions, but unfortunately they declined claiming they are totally within their rights to evict. I do not doubt this but claiming you have a right to force people onto the streets is a disgrace."

Mr. Doolan concluded by calling on the owners to "do the honorable and humane thing and let the remaining tenants stay until we have found proper and suitable accommodation for them. Let us not reduce this to a might is right argument, we are talking about ensuring people have dignity and a roof over their head, and that they are not forced back on to the streets and made homeless again."ENDS

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