Council must reverse Jubilee Square bench removal
Commenting on the action by Belfast City Council in recent days to remove wooden benches in the City Centre used by homeless citizens, Sinn Féin Belfast Councillor Jim McVeigh said:
“Sinn Féin right across Ireland has been campaigning very strongly for a strategy to combat homelessness.
“We believe that everyone is entitled to a home and a roof over their head.
“It is particularly harrowing to hear that the council removed these benches in the City Centre at this time of year and in the middle of the extremely cold weather we have been experiencing.
“This did not go through any Committee and Belfast City Council needs to review and reverse its decision and work to provide support at all times to anyone homeless in this city.
“Anyone who supports this action by the council should quite frankly be ashamed of themselves.
“Sinn Féin works with homeless groups such as the Belfast Welcome Centre and though there have been advances in providing shelter for homeless people in this city, while there is anyone homeless that is too many.”