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Ministers Coveney & Naughten Must Intervene Urgently to Prevent Brú Aimsir Closure – Ó Broin

8 May, 2016 - by Eoin Ó Broin TD

Sinn Féin TD Eoin Ó Broin has written to Minister for Housing Simon Coveney and Minister for Communications Denis Naughten requesting that they intervene ‘as a matter of urgency’ to prevent the closure of Brú Aimsir homeless hostel. The 100 bed hostel is located in Thomas Street, Dublin and was due for closure at the end of April, but has been given a month’s reprieve.

Deputy Ó Broin said:

“The April rough sleeper count in Dublin found 102 people sleeping on the streets. This represents a 10% increase in the number of people sleeping rough on the last count. On the same night, emergency accommodation in Dublin was full to capacity.

“Despite the need for more emergency accommodation, the 100 bed Brú Aimsir hostel in Dublin’s Thomas Street is due for closure at the end of this month. 

“The hostel, located in the Department of Communications Digital Hub was scheduled for closure at the end of April but has been given a four-week reprieve. 

“There is no plan in place to accommodate the 100 people currently sleeping in Brú Aimsir. If it closes they will more than likely end up on the streets.

“The Minister for Housing Simon Coveney and the Minister for Communications Denis Naughten must intervene as a matter of urgency to ensure that the hostel is kept open until an appropriate plan is put in place to provide 100 emergency beds elsewhere in Dublin.

“The Thomas Street hostel was originally opened on a temporary basis as part of their cold weather initiative. However, we it has since developed into a more permanent hostel run by the homeless charity Crosscare.

“It is simply not acceptable that this facility would be closed down before the 100 available places are provided for elsewhere. In Sinn Féin’s view we would support relocating these 100 emergency beds out of Dublin City Centre and into South Dublin, Fingal and Dún Laoghaire Council areas as there is an over concentration of emergency provision in Dublin 1 and 8 and an under-provision in the rest of the County.

“I have written to both Ministers Coveney and Naughten urging them to intervene urgently and will formally raise it in the Dáil at the earliest opportunity.” 

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