Dramatic rise in Dublin homelessness clear indication of Government failure- Ó Broin
Sinn Féin Councillor Eoin Ó Broin has said that ‘the dramatic rise in homelessness over the past 12 months is a clear indication of Government failure.’ His comments were made as the annual Homeless Executive count revealed a 70% increase in the number of people in emergency accommodation in Dublin.
Cllr Ó Broin said:
‘Every year the Homeless Executive and the four Dublin local authorities conduct a homeless count. This year’s count took place on December 30th and December 1st.
‘The count recorded 91 people rough sleeping. This is a drop of 46% decrease on the number of rough sleepers in November 2014.
‘While this drop is more than welcome is directly attributable to the increase in available emergency accommodation in the city.
‘However the count also confirmed a 70% increase in the number of people living in emergency accommodation at 3,766 compared to 2,197 in 2014.
‘This dramatic rise in homelessness over the past 12 months is a clear indication of Government failure.
‘In October 2014 Minister Alan Kelly announced what he claimed was the most ambitious housing plan in the history of the state. He promised billions of euro to tackle the housing crisis. In December he launched an action plan on homelessness claiming that money would be no object.
‘In the 12 months since the housing crisis in South Dublin County Council has gotten worse. Our housing list is longer. There are more people in emergency accommodation. We even have a waiting list to get into the hotels and hostels.
‘The simple reason is that Minister Kelly’s housing plan is all spin and no substance. The Council continues to be starved of the funding required to build and buy the houses that people need.
‘Until this changes and the Council is empowered by the Minister to commence a major housing programme the crisis will only get worse.’