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Minister Murphy must clarify miscategorisations in homeless reports – Ó Broin

1 May, 2018 - by Eoin Ó Broin TD

Sinn Féin Housing spokesperson Eoin Ó Broin TD has called on the Minister for Housing Eoghan Murphy to urgently clarify what the circumstances are behind the miscategorisation of homeless people he alluded to in his press release yesterday.

Deputy Ó Broin said:

“Alongside the release of the March 2018 homeless report yesterday evening was an assertion by Minister Murphy that: ‘To date, at least 600 individuals have been identified as having been categorised as homeless and in emergency accommodation when they are not.’

“He went on to state that some of these people have been removed and the councils are working to gauge the extent of the problem.

“There a number of questions the Minister needs to answer and actions he needs to take on this issue.

“Firstly, which Councils miscategorised, how many councils miscategorised, and has it been the same councils miscategorising data each month?

“When did the Department realise there was a problem and how many people were wrongly included and when were they removed?

“If up to 600 people are miscategorised and some of them were removed for the March figures just released, surely the March numbers should show an increase in the number of people that are homeless?

“The Minister must provide adjusted homeless figures for each month and confirm if the March figures are actually marginally down.

“Minister Murphy also needs to explain why his Department did not catch this discrepancy sooner.

“I have submitted questions to the Minister to this effect and I will be raising the matter directly with him during questions in the Dáil next week.” 

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