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Government has repeatedly failed in the midst of housing crisis – Ellis

30 September, 2015 - by Dessie Ellis TD


Sinn Féin TD and Housing Spokesperson Dessie Ellis has criticised the government for failing to honour its announcement that “it would end homelessness by 2016”, saying that a more human approach is required in a situation that sees almost 5,000 people in Ireland experiencing homelessness and emergency accommodation.

The deputy affirmed Sinn Féin’s belief that every citizen in Ireland had the right to adequate provision of housing.

Deputy Ellis said:

“It is clear that this government are failing to recognise the extent and depth of this crisis. They talk about this crisis with the language of the business world with an emphasis on ‘Ireland’s competitiveness’. I believe a more human approach in their analysis is needed given the extent to which homelessness affects the lives of so many people in this country.

“Minister, three years ago your government epically announced that you would ‘end homelessness’ by 2016 – you have failed in this and your government has repeatedly failed to tackle this crisis. When Jonathan Corrie died last Christmas you pulled together housing bodies, CEOs of Local Authorities, Charity Groups and politicians for an emergency meeting from which you emerged claiming to have worked out an effective response to the crisis, in this you have failed.

“It is also true that far from ending the crisis, the number of people sleeping rough on the streets nightly has doubled to 130 in the last month alone – a stark reality compounded by another death of a homeless person near Leinster House last week.

“We believe that every citizen of this country has a right to adequate provision of housing to ensure an equal Ireland for its entire people. We call on the government to adopt our solutions to this crisis and recognise the depth to which this crisis has pervaded our society. With that in mind, we call on you minister and all TDs of this House to support our PMB.” 

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