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Children’s Ombudsman report highlights Coveney’s failed policies – Ó Laoghaire

23 May, 2017 - by Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire TD

Sinn Féin TD and spokesperson for Children and Youth Affairs Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire has said this morning that the Ombudsman for Children’s Office Annual Report for the year 2016 launched by Dr Niall Muldoon in the Alexander Hotel painted a stark pictures of how government policy has failed children, particularly those suffering family homelessness.

Of the complaints made to the Office in relation to Housing, 78% related to the access to suitable accommodation for Children.

Speaking after the launch, Deputy Ó Laoghaire said:

“While not surprising, the number of complaints received last year by the OCO is indicative of a succession of failed policies on behalf of the Minister for Housing and his Government.

“The Ombudsman received close to 300 complaints on Housing last year alone. There are roughly 7,500 homeless people in the state, with over 2,000 of those being children. 

“The Government has failed some of our most vulnerable in our society for quite some time now. 

“Homelessness, and particularly homeless families have reached record levels under this Government; numbers have increased steadily since Minister Coveney’s appointment one year ago, on May 6th 2016, when there were 913 families, with 1,847 children homeless in Dublin. There are 15 vacant properties for every homeless person in emergency accommodation in Cork.

“I know the Minister has recently reaffirmed his commitment to end the practices of children languishing in emergency accommodation by July of this year. That cannot merely be a cosmetic exercise, moving families into refurbished hotel rooms and calling them ‘family hubs’.” 

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