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Ó Broin welcomes bid to keep Brú Aimsir Hostel open

19 May, 2016 - by Eoin Ó Broin TD

Sinn Féin TD for Dublin Mid-West and spokesperson on Housing Eoin Ó Broin has welcomed the intervention of Minister for Housing Simon Coveney to keep homeless hostel Brú Aimsir open.

At an adjournment debate requested by Deputy Ó Broin on the imminent closure of Brú Aimsir last night, Minister Coveney confirmed that Dublin City chief executive Owen Keegan has written to the board of the Digital Hub, the building where the emergency hostel is based, to request an extension of the lease by twelve months, with an emergency bed capacity of 101.

Deputy Ó Broin said:

“Last night, the new Minister for Housing acknowledged that he had a policy responsibility with respect to Brú Aimsir.

“Furthermore, the Minister confirmed that he spoken to the chief executive of Dublin City Council, as has his Department’s secretary general in the past few days about this issue.

“He also confirmed that the chief executive has spoken to the board of the Digital Hub to see whether the availability of Brú Aimsir can be extended as a facility for sheltered accommodation for an additional twelve months, operating at the full capacity of 101 beds.”

Ó Broin continued:

“I welcome the Minister’s view that it is not acceptable for people to be sleeping rough while at the same time sheltered accommodation facilities are being wound down.

“I share his judgment that if Brú Aimsir was taken out of hostel accommodation, it would result in people being forced to sleep on the streets who otherwise would not be there.” 

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