Two more homeless people die on our streets as government continues to turn a blind eye - Imelda Munster TD
Speaking after the shocking news of the death of a young man in Drogheda today, Louth TD Imelda Munster has called on the government to take decisive action on the homelessness crisis.
Deputy Munster said;
“I was shocked and saddened to hear that a young man lost his life on the streets of Drogheda today. This follows news of another homeless man who lost his life this morning in Dublin.
"It is dreadfully sad news for the family and friends of both men, and those who knew them. Our thoughts are with them at this time.
“The homelessness crisis across the State is continuing to escalate, and the sad fact is that for as long as the government fails to deal with the homelessness and housing crisis, tragic events like this are inevitable."
“There are 4,132 households on the housing list in Co. Louth, many of whom are waiting up to ten years to be housed. There are approximately 38 people accessing Simon services in Dundalk and Homeless Aid services in Drogheda. There are an estimated 15 people sleeping rough in Drogheda.
"There are currently over 53 acres of council-owned land banks in Louth, including in Drogheda, that are lying barren of any housing purely because the government will not fund the roll out of a proper social housing building programme.
“Nobody should have to sleep rough. Everyone should have a home. Those who find themselves in circumstances where they are sleeping outside are vulnerable to illness, malnutrition, violence, drugs and alcohol.
"The nights are getting noticeably colder in the past few days and the real winter hasn’t even set in yet.
“What is the Minister for Housing doing to ensure that nobody else dies on our streets? These deaths are preventable, but it seems that the political will is not there.
"Minister Murphy needs to ensure that there are sufficient beds for people who are homeless, whether they are families or single people.
"He also needs to ensure that these services can cater to the complex needs of those experiencing homelessness to ensure that people are not driven out onto the streets by inappropriate accommodation.”