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Housing crisis has not gone into stasis as political circus rolls on – O’Reilly

11 April, 2016 - by Louise O'Reilly TD

Dublin Fingal Sinn Féin TD Louise O’Reilly has said the political circus surrounding government formation is distracting from the ongoing crises in health and housing; issues that are having serious and detrimental impact on the lives of citizens.

Deputy O’Reilly said the issues upon which all parties and independents made promises and pledges over the course of the recent election have not gone into stasis and in fact have worsened still.

The Fingal TD said:

“The housing crisis has not gone into stasis as the political circus rolls on. The ‘he said, she said’ reports coming from talks may have made for interesting headlines weeks ago but in that space of time, dozens more families have been forced from their homes and into emergency accommodation. The numbers experiencing homelessness have passed 6,000, with over 1,800 children now spending their formative years in hotels and hostels.

“Before Christmas, Sinn Féin produced a comprehensive document on how we would deal with the housing crisis; we identified how 100,000 social and affordable homes could be built over the course of two Dáil terms. Last week, we hosted a cross-party briefing in Leinster House with Erica Fleming that unfortunately only had representation from the AAA, PBP and the Independents4Change Group

“There are some who are engaging positively with the housing crisis, trying to find solutions. It seems the establishment parties would rather hide behind mealy mouth excuses and even go so far as to blame the Constitution for their total inaction on the issue.

“The decision to establish a sub-committee on the housing and homelessness crisis, a Sinn Féin proposal, would give us the opportunity to unite and work together on solutions in the absence of a government. The work of the sub-committee must be done with dedication to solutions at its very core. It must work quickly and thoroughly and return a suite of measures to the Dáil which can receive support.” 

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