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Homelessness is not a priority for the Government – Adams

19 January, 2016 - by Gerry Adams

Speaking in the Dáil this afternoon, Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams TD has condemned the Government’s inaction to tackle the homelessness crisis and their refusal to build social and affordable housing.

Deputy Adams said:

“I have raised the issue of homelessness in this chamber on many occasions. Each time I’ve done so, An Taoiseach has repeated the mantra that addressing the homelessness crisis is a priority for Government. That is patently untrue.

“The most up to date figures provided by the Department of Environment show that a grand total of 28 local authority houses were built during the first three quarters of 2015. That’s 28 homes at a time when children are spending their formative years growing up in hotel rooms.

“Last night on RTÉ, the stark reality of families living in emergency accommodation was highlighted and has quite rightly drawn wide spread condemnation and outright disgust.

“There are now over 5,100 citizens in homeless accommodation, including 1,638 children. No doubt some of those children will read the 1916 Proclamation in their class rooms during this centenary year. What will it mean to them? What does it mean to the Government?

“We know where the Government stands of course. They would rather cherish all the bankers than all of the children of the nation equally. They would rather US style tax cuts than help those in need of a home.

“An Taoiseach must step up and acknowledge that homelessness is a direct consequence of Government policy. The fact is they do not acknowledge homelessness as a priority and they have refused to build social and affordable homes.” 

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