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Minister in charge must do more to tackle housing crisis – O’Reilly

22 March, 2016 - by Louise O'Reilly TD

Sinn Féin TD for Fingal, Louise O’ Reilly has highlighted the plight of the 225 homeless families in her constituency as well as those who are currently at risk of homelessness.

Speaking in the Dáil today, Deputy O’ Reilly said:

“It is disappointing that we are debating homelessness here today while the Minister in charge, who is still in receipt of his ministerial allowance, continues to do nothing about this escalating crisis

“There are 9,000 people on the housing list in Fingal; there are 225 homeless families – with 185 of these in emergency accommodation.  I have been contacted by a young mother from Swords with two children with special needs one of whom has a service dog. She will be facing eviction in May and she has nowhere to go - there is nowhere for her to rent and there is no emergency accommodation that will take her, her children and their vital service dog. 

“I would like to extend my support to the campaign being spearheaded by Cllr. Paul Donnelly in Tyrrelstown. We see now a shrinking rental sector with more tenants coming on stream - these people will be competing with the young mother and her two children with special needs for accommodation. We need strong legislation to prevent more Tyrrelstown – we cannot rely on the good will of so called vulture capitalists. 

“There are potentially tens of thousands in the same situation as the people in Tyrrelstown and this will continue until we have the legislation in place to deal with it.  It is not good enough for the Minister in charge to simply do nothing. 

“There is a sharp increase especially in the towns of Balbriggan and Swords of families who are no longer able to bridge the gap between the rent allowance and the recent increases in rents. This situation continues in Fingal and right round the country. We need action, not just debates.” 

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