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Ellis supports Dáil sleep-out to raise awareness of homelessness

4 February, 2015 - by Dessie Ellis TD

Sinn Féin Housing spokesperson Dessie Ellis TD will tonight be sleeping out at the Dáil gates with other activists in order to raise awareness of homelessness and to pressure the government to solutions beyond emergency accommodation. The event has been organised by Sinn Féin Councillor Chris Andrews and will be attended by other councillors and Michelle Gildernew MP.

Deputy Ellis said:

"It is very unfortunate to be forced to protest in order to make the government listen on homelessness but that is what is needed. While rough sleeping has been tackled much more in recent times there are still people losing their homes and people stuck in emergency accommodation for months and years.”

“The solution is to provide real secure social housing through local authorities and housing bodies as well as introducing rent regulations which would keep rents fair and prevent people being evicted for inability to pay.”

“I am very happy to stand with a great group of activists including Cllr Chris Andrews in campaigning for solutions to homelessness and I hope people will join us and show their support where possible. I have gone on soup runs with Inner City Helping Homeless with which Chris volunteers. I know too well the conditions rough sleepers face especially on cold winter nights, but I also know the struggles those stuck in emergency accommodation deal with every day as well as people in private accommodation or even on rent supplement who face the possibility of being thrown out when their landlord abruptly increases the rent.”

“We will be standing in solidarity with these people tonight and fighting for their right to a home every chance we get." 

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