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Taoiseach's deliberately incorrect comments lead to a bad week for the public debate on homelessness - Eoin Ó Broin TD

15 November, 2017 - by Eoin Ó Broin TD

Sinn Féin Housing spokesperson Eoin Ó Broin TD has again called on the Taoiseach to withdraw his “deliberately incorrect” comments about homelessness in this State.

Speaking this evening during a Dáil debate on homelessness, Deputy Ó Broin said:

“Since the Taoiseach made his deliberately incorrect comments on the level of homeless at the weekend, the debate around this important issue has reached new lows from some people who should know better.

“The comments from the chair of the Housing Agency and the head of the Dublin Regional Homeless Executive are deeply concerning since these are the people tasked with finding solutions to the crisis. They were also very hurtful to those who are or have experienced homelessness.

“The idea that homelessness is a result of 'bad behaviour' displays a set of values from a Victorian era that I thought was long gone.

“The truth is they are victims of a housing crisis and a government who have presided over a 300% increase in family homeless since taking office in 2011.

“The most disturbing set of comments this week however were from the Taoiseach. We have all seen the report the Taoiseach spin office used to base his claims on.

“There is not a shred of evidence in that 2017 OECD report that allows the Taoiseach to make the claim that our levels of homelessness are low by international standards.

“On that basis I think the Taoiseach should withdraw his comments. It is not acceptable for the leader of the country to deliberately down play the levels of homelessness to hide his own Governments failure to meet the housing need of thousands of people.”

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