Dublin City Council urges government to declare homeless crisis - Cllr. Daithí Doolan
Dublin City Council tonight passed a Sinn Féin motion calling on the government to inform Eurostat of the housing crisis. This will allow the government access to funding to build social housing in Dublin.
Speaking after the City Council meeting, Cllr. Daithí Doolan, chair of Dublin City Council's housing committee said:
"This is an important motion to have been passed unanimously. My motion calls on the government to inform Eurostat, the body that regulates capital funding, of Dublin's homeless crisis. Declaring a housing crisis allows the government to access extra funds for a building programme of public housing.
"To date the government has not declared a crisis. This is a face saving exercise that has plunged Dublin deeper into the housing crisis.
"It is essential that the government faces up to their responsibilities, declare a housing crisis and commence a building programme that meets the needs of Dublin.
"We have the land and the plans, what we lack is the funding. This motion, if the government act on it, could release that funding."
Dublin City Council notes that homelessness in Dublin is at crisis point and calls on the government to inform Eurostat that it is an emergency situation. This will allow the state to provide funding for a building programmee and to speed up the public procurement process when building social housing.