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Sinn Féin offers condolences on tragic death of homeless man in Tallaght hospital – Ó Broin

16 April, 2018 - 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 man who passed away in the emergency department of Tallaght Hospital last Saturday.

Deputy Ó Broin said:

“From media reports, it is understood that the man was seeking shelter in the hospital and not seeking treatment.

“This death follows on from the death of a homeless man in Galway last week.

 “Government policy is not working and its reluctance to deal with the causes of homelessness is in fact exacerbating the problem.

“We don’t need summits, we don’t need media statements, and we certainly don’t need any more government rhetoric on how money isn’t an issue and that the problem is being tackled.

“The only real solution for rough sleepers with complex needs is the Housing First programme. Internationally, Housing First is recognised as a permanent solution to rough sleeping that provides housing for homeless people with complex needs first instead of focusing on treatment first.

“Unfortunately, despite the roll out of this programme being government policy, only 180 Housing First tenancies were created out of a government target of 300 for 2017.

“Minister Eoghan Murphy must expand the number of Housing First tenancies to 1,000. This would have the potential to positively impact on the lives of the growing number of rough sleepers throughout the State.” 

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