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Coveney must publish Housing Action Plan before Dáil recess

18 June, 2016 - by Eoin Ó Broin TD


Responding to the publication of the May homeless figures by the Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government which show yet another rise in homeless numbers, Sinn Féin housing spokesperson Eoin Ó Broin TD has said “given the dramatic rise in the numbers of people presenting a homeless Minister Coveney must publish his Action Plan on Housing before the Dáil recess.”

Deputy Ó Broin said:

“The latest homeless figures published by the Department of Housing show a 79% increase in the number of children in living in emergency accommodation since May last year.

“There are now 3993 adults and 2177 children officially homeless. These figures do not include all those individuals and families sofa surfing, living with family in overcrowded accommodation or those imminently at risk of becoming homeless.

“Every single day the housing and homeless crisis is getting worse. There is an urgent need for the new Minister for Housing Simon Coveney to act.

“Given the dramatic rise in the numbers of people presenting as homeless Minister Coveney must publish his Action Plan on Housing before the Dáil recess. If this requires delaying the recess until later in July  then the Government must do that. Providing homes for the 2177 children who will sleep in emergency accommodation tonight is far more important than renovation works in the Dáil or allowing TDs to return to their constituencies.

“I will be writing to Minister Coveney this week urging him to bring forward the date for the publication of his Action Plan and calling on him to incorporate the recommendations of the Dáil Housing and Homeless Committee report, published yesterday, into his plan.”ENDS

Note to editor: May homeless figures here - http://www.environ.ie/sites/default/files/publications/files/homeless_report_-_may.pdf

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