Varadkar must retract his ill informed comments on homelessness - Eoin Ó Broin TD
Sinn Féin housing spokesperson Eoin Ó Broin TD has called on the Taoiseach to retract his ill informed comments on homelessness.
Deputy O Broin said:
“The Taoiseach at the weekend made light of a serious problem afflicting our society. The levels of family, child homelessness and adult homelessness is at the highest levels ever recorded in the State.
“He was not comparing like with like when made his inaccurate claim that Ireland has low levels of homelessness when compared on an international level.
“Other states across the OECD have broader definitions of the term homelessness. Plus the OECD data that Varadkar’s spin team used is two years out of date and makes it clear that countries count homelessness in different ways.
“As I have pointed out to the government on many occasions our housing statistics are based on data from the department of housing.
"The figures published on a monthly basis does not include women and children in Túsla funded domestic violence accommodation. Nor does it include those sofa surfing or those involuntarily sharing unsuitable accommodation in over crowded conditions.
“The Taoiseach has yet again demonstrated his incompetence of all things housing related. I hope for the sake of those experiencing homelessness that it was an another embarrassing gaffe and not an honestly held belief.
“Comments like these are an attempt to normalise homelessness and make it more acceptable.
"I was disappointed with the comments of the out going chair of the Housing Agency on Morning Ireland this morning. Normalising the homelessness crisis is not the way to deal with the issue.
"The trolley crisis is hospitals across the State is an example of a terrible, unacceptable situation that has been normalised.”