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Funds allocated to address housing crisis need to be implemented - Ní Riada

2 May, 2016 - by Liadh Ní Riada MEP



Sinn Féin MEP Liadh Ní Riada has called on the Irish Government to implement funding they have drawn down from the European Investment Bank for the building of social housing in Ireland.

Speaking in the European Parliament in Brussels, Ms Ní Riada said,

“I would like to underline that our capacity of duly and properly evaluating the work of the EIB is impaired by the nature of this intergovernmental institution. 

“I understand that the European Investment Bank (EIB) has allocated €1billion to the British Government to help them construct social housing. In Ireland, our homeless crisis has reached epidemic status.

“We need the Irish Government, along with the EIB to step up to the mark and address the spiraling housing crisis that is causing so much damage to our people and our society. 

“In this, the centenary year of the 1916 Easter Rising, it is not good enough that any child should lack a home. I urge the EIB to help address the homeless situation in Ireland and invest in social and affordable housing.” ENDS

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Link to speech in Parliament: https://youtu.be/eTfXsYpfwrs

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