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Ó Broin calls on Minister Kelly to spend a day working in the Homeless unit in South Dublin

11 August, 2015 - by Eoin O'Broin

Sinn Féin Clondalkin Councillor Eoin Ó Broin has challenged Minister for Environment Alan Kelly to ‘spend a day working in the South Dublin County Council homeless unit to see what his Government's housing policy is doing for families.’ The call comes after Councillor Ó Broin revealed that on any given night up to 50 families in the County are unable to access emergency accommodation.

Councillor Ó Broin said:

‘Every single day the homeless crisis in Dublin is getting worse. Council staff and elected members have never witnessed anything on the scale of the crisis we are currently experiencing.

‘On any given night there are up to 50 households, many with children, in South Dublin County Council areas who are unable to access emergency accommodation. There simply are not enough emergency beds to meet the growing demand.

 ‘Despite the Council increasing the number of housing allocations to people in emergency accommodation and acquiring additional emergency units in Tallaght the problem just keeps getting worse.

‘Since the start of the year the number of families presenting as homeless in the county has increased dramatically.

‘Today I am challenging Alan Kelly to spend a day working with our Council staff on the front line of his homeless crisis.

‘He and his Government are responsible for this problem.

‘They cut capital funding for housing by 25% during their first two years in office. They underfunded local authority emergency accommodation since taking office. They facilitated increased home repossessions with the 2013 Land and Conveyancing Act. They are the ones refusing to introduce rent caps to keep people in their homes.

‘Clearly Alan Kelly does not understand the impact these policy decisions are having on the growing number of families with no home to sleep. I have no doubt that if Minister Kelly spend a full working day in the South Dublin homeless office witnessing first-hand the effects of his Government's decisions he might start to rethink his failed approach to the housing crisis in our city.’ 

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