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Government inaction on housing ‘a disgrace’ – Adams

1 December, 2015 - by Gerry Adams

Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams TD has called the Government’s continued inaction in addressing the housing crisis “a disgrace”. The Sinn Féin Leader remarked that a year after the death of Jonathan Corrie, the crisis of housing and homelessness has spiralled out of control.

Speaking during Leaders Questions in the Dáil this afternoon, Deputy Adams said:

“Today, the 1st of December, marks the one year anniversary of the death of Jonathan Corrie, no more than 20 meters from the gates of Leinster House. Our thoughts are with Jonathan’s family and loved ones today.

“News of Jonathan’s death last year justifiably sparked outrage at the Government’s inaction in tacking the housing crisis. At the time, we heard plenty of assurances from the Taoiseach and his Ministers that matters would improve. Minister Alan Kelly said the Government would end homelessness by 2016.

“Since then, the crisis has spiralled out of control and homelessness has increased by 80 per cent across the State in the last 12 months. In Dublin alone, there are over 1,500 children in emergency accommodation - 1,500 children who won’t have somewhere to call home this Christmas.

“The Government promised to build at least 1,000 social housing units this year. In the first half they built a grand total of 20, and Minister Alan Kelly now says that there will actually be a mere 200 built. This is a disgrace.

“There is an urgent need for the Government to commit to liaising with the European Commission to have the housing crisis declared a ‘national emergency’ so that the Government may speed up the procurement process for the construction of social housing and fund the construction of social housing outside of existing EU fiscal constraints.” 

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