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State must take responsibility for housing – Cullinane

22 March, 2016 - by David Cullinane TD

Sinn Féin TD David Cullinane has accused the government of hypocrisy and fake concern. Speaking in the Dáil today during debate on housing, the Waterford TD said:

“Enda Kenny must be suffering from loss of memory or else he has deliberately chosen to ignore that a government he led has up until very recently been in power.  

“He has the nerve to stand up in the Dáil and speak about the plight of people who have lost their home as if this was something he has suddenly become aware of.

“The reality is that for the past five years the Fine Gael and Labour government not only refused to acknowledge the seriousness of the housing crisis, they repeatedly introduced policies which made an already dire situation, worse.

“The current situation whereby thousands of families and individuals find themselves homeless is not acceptable in a modern state.

“Yesterday, I had a homeless young couple in my office that are living in emergency accommodation. They have two children under the age of four and a third on the way.

“This couple have been told they can only stay in hotel accommodation for a week after which the heavily pregnant woman and her two young children must go to a hostel, while their father moves to a shelter for homeless men.

“Splitting up families and moving vulnerable adults and children like pieces on a chess board makes no sense.  

“It is bad policy from both from an economic, social and human perspective as it comes at a huge cost to the state and the people involved.

“We have a national housing emergency which requires immediate action and a series of radical and strategic initiatives.

“The state needs to step up to its responsibility and take charge of the provision of housing.” 

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