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Sinn Féin tables emergency motion to keep Dublin homeless hostel open

7 May, 2016 - by Daithí Doolan

Sinn Féin has tabled an emergency motion for Monday's Dublin City Council meeting calling for a 100 bed homeless hostel to be kept open.

Speaking today, Councillor Daithí Doolan, chair of Dublin City Council's housing committee, said:

“The threat to close Dublin's 100 bed hostel is a disgrace. The Brú hostel is now an essential part of Dublin City Council's homeless strategy. It provides a range of services to the city's homeless. It can not be allowed to close.

“The newly elected government claims homelessness is a priority. Now is the time to prove it. The land is owned by the Department of Communications. It would be a travesty if the government allows this hostel to close. There were 102 rough sleepers at the last count. These numbers are set to double if the Brú closes its doors in May 31st. 

“Sinn Féin is calling on Dublin City Council's Chief Executive, the Digital Hub and Department of Communications to work together and keep the hostel open. 

“I have also written on behalf of the housing committee to the City's Chief Executive and the newly appointed Minister for Communications, Denis Naughton, asking for the hostel to be kept open.”

Emergency motion:

'Dublin City Council views with deep concern the proposed closure of Brú Aimsir. The Brú provides a 100 bed emergency homeless shelter. It is an essential part of Dublin City Council's homeless strategy.  Dublin City Council calls on the Chief Executive, Digital Hub & the Minister for Communications to work together to ensure the Brú remains open.'

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