1500 on housing list in Tralee alone – Ferris
Speaking in the Dáil this evening on his party’s private members’ Rent Certainty and Prevention of Homelessness Bill 2015, Sinn Féin’s Deputy Martin Ferris said that the crisis is out of control.
“In Tralee alone, not Kerry, but just Tralee, there are 1500 people on the housing list waiting for one or two bedroomed houses or flats.
“Every one of those people is being disadvantaged by being homeless. Children who are homeless will suffer the consequences for years; in their schooling, their social skills, their very lack of familiarity with normal family life in a normal family home.
“There is suffering behind the statistics. In my own constituency, there is a case of a mother, of a toddler who is being treated for cancer, who although she is being prioritised by the local authority, continues to live in overcrowded, unsuitable conditions.
“The solution to this crisis is to build houses. It is not complicated; it is, in fact, very simple. Build houses.”