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Ó Broin appointed to new Dáil Housing & Homeless Committee

19 April, 2016 - by Eoin Ó Broin TD

Dublin Mid-West Sinn Féin TD Eoin Ó Broin has been appointed to the new 14 member Dáil committee on Housing and Homelessness. The committee has been established by the Dáil to look at solutions to the housing and homeless crisis. It has to present an interim report to the Dáil by April 28th and a final report by June 17th.

Speaking in advance of the first meeting which is scheduled for Wednesday April 20th Deputy Ó Broin said:

“The housing and homeless crises are continuing to spiral out of control. Families are presenting as homeless every single day. There are now 2000 children sleeping in emergency accommodation across the state.

“There are problems of access, quality and supply in the social housing, private housing and private rental sectors.

“Sinn Féin proposed the creation of this new Committee to provide TDs from across the House to bring forward recommendations on actions that can be taken to address the causes of the problem. We are delighted that our proposal has been supported by all TDs.

”We would like to see those working and living at the coalface of the housing and homeless crisis to come to the Committee and give their views on what needs to be done. We would like Minister Kelly to attend the Committee to engage in the debate and answer questions from TDs.

“Most importantly we want to see a report that brings forward new solutions to our housing crisis.

“In our view the current approach is simply not working. We need fresh thinking and new policies aimed at reducing the flow of people into homelessness, increasing the supply of social housing, bringing down the cost of homes for first time buyers and providing greater quality and security for landlords and tenants in the private rental sector.

“The Committee needs to look at rent certainty to prevent people being forced out of their homes by spiralling rent. It needs to find a way to reduce the level of evictions and repossessions. It needs to look at ways of increasing the social housing stock including increased purchase of houses and if necessary the use of compulsory purchase orders. And it needs to look at the cost and supply of private houses for those looking to buy.

“While ultimately the incoming Government will have to grapple with these issues, those of us who have been elected want to play our part now. The housing crisis has reached such a level that it is incumbent on all of us to roll up our sleeves, get round the table and try and agree policies and actions that can start to help those people in need as families continue to be left without homes.”

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