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Dáil Housing & Homeless Committee seeks meeting with Minister Kelly – Ó Broin

20 April, 2016 - by Eoin Ó Broin TD

Sinn Féin TD for Dublin Mid-West Eoin Ó Broin has welcomed the decision of the new Dáil Housing and Homeless Committee to invite Minister Alan Kelly to its next sitting. That meeting is scheduled to take place on Tuesday April 26. The new 14 member committee also agreed the broad outline of its nine week schedule of business.

Deputy Ó Broin said:

“The housing and homeless crisis is getting worse. There are almost 2000 young people sleeping in emergency accommodation. There is an urgent need for a new approach by government to reduce the flow of families into homelessness and to increase the supply of social and affordable housing.

“Today’s meeting of the new Dáil Housing and Homeless Committee was constructive and agreed the broad parameters of our work. We will finalise these details next Tuesday.

“I am very pleased that the Committee agreed to invite the Minister for Environment Alan Kelly to the next meeting scheduled Tuesday April 26.

“Given the scale of the crisis, it is incumbent that the Minister attends. It would be unfortunate if he used the excuse of ‘prior engagements’ to avoid coming to the committee.

“The Committee also agreed to invite submissions from the public and to host a number of focused, solutions orientated sessions.

“The sessions will focus on different aspects of the housing and homeless crisis including homelessness, social housing, private housing, private rented housing, housing finance and NAMA.

“The Committee also agreed to invite those with legal and academic experience and those dealing with specific issues such as traveller accommodation and direct provision. It was also agreed to consider inviting those directly affected by the crisis such as families in emergency accommodation and family’s threatened with evictions such as those in Tyrrelstown.

“The Committee has agreed a significant work load and must have a final report to the Dáil by June 17th.  If all deputies approach their work with a sense of urgency and a desire to see real policy changes, then I believe the Committee can make an impact.” 

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