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Sinn Féin offers condolences on tragic death of homeless woman in Cork – Ó Broin

6 December, 2017 - by Eoin Ó Broin TD

Sinn Féin Housing spokesperson Eoin Ó Broin TD has offered his condolences to the family and friends of a homeless woman who passed away in Cork today.

Deputy Ó Broin said: 

“We do not have the full details of the case yet. However, this is now the eighth person who has died while sleeping rough in Dublin, Drogheda, Cork, and Bray over the past thirteen weeks. This now includes three people in one week. 

“We do not wish to politicise this latest untimely death. Unfortunately however, it is a political issue.

“The current government approach to tackling homelessness is not working. It has yet to explain why only 600 of the 1,800 turnkey properties offered for sale to Government are being purchased? 

“These are properties that are ready to move in to and the government is reluctant to acquire them, despite funding not being an issue. 

“I raised this issue directly with Minister Eoghan Murphy in Committee yesterday and with Minister Damian English during a Dáil debate on homelessness last week.

“More of these units could have been bought to get homeless families and individuals out of emergency accommodation and into permanent secure homes, which is current government policy.

“I will be raising the issue again with Minister Murphy tomorrow.” 

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