Homelessness unprecedented as government confidence vote passes- Seán Crowe TD
Dublin South West representative Seán Crowe TD described the Government's vote of confidence in the Taoiseach Enda Kenny, on the same day that Dublin Simon Community had said that the number of people sleeping rough and in emergency accommodation had become a "humanitarian crisis" as sickening.
Crowe said that the confidence vote was another indication that the Government and its backbenchers were blind to the reality facing many vulnerable individuals and families.
Deputy Crowe said;
"On the day that Simon the homeless charity quite rightly described theGovernment’s response to the housing and homeless crisis as "too little too late", the Government proceeded to use its massive majority inLeinster House and pass a vote of confidence in its leadership.
"Last year 1,600 individuals were stuck in emergency accommodation now there are 2,298 - 1,275 of whom are children.
"On the day of the confidence vote in Taoiseach Enda Kenny the charitysaid it counted 120 rough sleepers in Dublin, the highest number it has recorded so far this year.
"People are living rough on our streets sleeping in doorways, in parks, in tents and out in the open.
"This is a scandal which the Government and its backbenchers clearly find acceptable – they either do nothing or else introduce policy measures that make the situation worse
"What we need is action to ensure housing for all who need it and an immediate increase in rent supplement and the Housing Assistance Payment.
“We also need legislation to protect tenants in the Private Rental Sector so they have greater rent certainty and increased security of tenure.
“We have a national emergency on our hands which can only be solved by direct and urgent intervention from government.
"We have a homeless humanitarian crisis and the government and its backbencher in a brazen and breath taking manner ignores reality and sickeningly pats itself on the back."