Minister Murphy must increase investment in social and affordable housing – Eoin Ó Broin TD
Speaking during the Inner City Helping Homeless march against homelessness in Dublin today Sinn Féin housing spokesperson Eoin Ó Broin TD said “Minister Eoghan Murphy can succeed where Simon Coveney failed, but only if he increases investment in social and affordable housing.”
Deputy Ó Broin said:
“Today's demonstration to highlight the homeless crisis brought thousands onto the streets. Inner City Helping Homeless, who organised the rally, deserve great credit for once again highlight Governments failure to tackle the housing crisis.
“Under Simon Coveney’s watch the number of people in emergency accommodation increased every single month. Given his failure to get a grip on the housing and homeless crisis his speedy defection to Foreign affairs is not surprising.
“His replacement, Minister Eoghan Murphy can succeed where Simon Coveney failed but only if he increases investment in social and affordable housing.
“With almost 8,000 people including almost 3,000 children living in emergency accommodation it is clear that the government programme of building and buying housing for those with acute housing need is not sufficient. These families need homes not HUBs.
“Minister Murphy needs to hit the ground running and immediately announce more ambitious targets for providing the housing that people need.
“There is no need for a three month review of the governments failing housing plan. What is needed is immediate, ambitious and decisive action to provide homes for those in need.
“With 183,000 vacant homes across the state the new Minister has an opportunity to be bold by setting an ambitious target for bringing as many of these into use as possible.
“Minister Murphy also needs to provide councils with the staff and funding to roll out a more substantial programme of building and buying houses for social and affordable use.
“Minister Murphy can go down in history as the man who finally brought the housing and homeless crisis to an end. Or he can be the latest in a long line of failures. Which of these options comes to pass will be down to whether he continues with the failed policies of his predecessors or whether he changes course. The choice is his.”