Government’s handling of housing crisis ‘abysmal’ – Ó Caoláin
Sinn Féin TD Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin has railed against the government’s “abysmal” housing policies that have forced 5,000 people into homelessness and emergency accommodation. Deputy Ó Caoláin said that people are on their knees and it is imperative that this crisis be dealt with.
Speaking tonight during Sinn Féin’s motion on the issue, Deputy Ó Caoláin said:
“One hundred and thirty thousand citizens across this state are in need of a home. That represents an alarming increase of forty thousand from four years ago. It is estimated that there are now 5000 people, including over a thousand children, homeless and living in emergency accommodation in this country. Focus Ireland is reporting that since January of this year homelessness in Ireland has increased by a staggering 76%. It is no surprise therefore that the Dublin Simon Community recently referred to this horrendous situation as a ‘humanitarian crisis’.
“This is not an issue that is exclusive to Dublin however. This is a national emergency.
“People are on their knees and yet it is clear that this government are blind to the reality facing so many vulnerable individuals and families. All we hear time and time again is of this so called ‘recovery’ and ‘stability’ but the reality is that a lot of Ireland’s families are not feeling any recovery.
“The government’s housing policy thus far has been nothing short of abysmal. Social housing provision has been grossly neglected with years of little or no investment. A vigorous, social housing construction programme must be an absolute priority.
“It is imperative that this crisis is dealt with. Urgent and adequate action is needed to address this issue to ensure that there is housing for all who need it. People have a right to housing, to somewhere they can call ‘home’.”