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O’Brien criticises councils for faking homelessness accusations

13 July, 2016 - by Jonathan O'Brien TD

Speaking in reply to a letter written by four council chief executives to the Minister for Housing stating that people were becoming homeless in order to skip the housing queue, Sinn Féin TD for Cork North Central, Jonathan O’Brien has today said that this was offensive to homeless people and displays a fundamental lack of understanding of the housing crisis.

Deputy O’Brien said:

“These council executives have essentially said that people are faking homelessness to get housed quicker.

“I would strongly urge them to stop perpetuating this nonsense. It is an insult to homeless people and families to suggest that they have purposefully become homeless or are faking it in order to get housing quicker.

“That idea displays a complete lack of understanding of what the housing crisis actually entails and pays no regard to the fact that more people are becoming homeless.

“Council executives like the ones behind this letter to the Minister would prefer that people live perpetually on the sofas of their friends and families so they don’t have to address providing them with accommodation.” 

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