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Minister Murphy stoops to new low in cover up of homeless figures – Munster

3 May, 2018 - by Imelda Munster TD

Sinn Féin TD for Louth Imelda Munster TD has today hit out at Minister for Housing Eoghan Murphy, for instructing Louth County Council to cover up the true extent of homelessness. The Department of Housing instructed the council not to include 100 households, including 32 children, on the homeless count for March, despite the fact that the council considers these people to be homeless. The households involved are staying in emergency temporary accommodation.

Deputy Munster said:

“The Minister for Housing has stooped to a new low. He has done such a poor job at providing housing that he now devotes his energy to hiding the true extent of homelessness.

“Today, the Minister revealed his opinion that only people in hostels, B&Bs and rough sleepers are homeless. Families living in emergency short term accommodation are excluded. This is a cynical and frankly disgusting attempt to massage the figures to hide what an awful job Minister Murphy is doing.

“Today, the Minster’s only defence was to attack Sinn Féin. Sinn Féin is asking for the same thing from the government for years.

“There are almost 4,500 people on the housing list in Louth. However, there are over 50 acres of council-owned land banks in the county. Minister Murphy told me previously in the Dáil that funding is not an issue. So, where are the houses?

“Minister Murphy is putting a lot of effort into concealing the scale of homelessness.

“If he put even a fraction of that effort into doing his job, building social and affordable housing, we would all be better off.

“I didn’t think it was possible, but this is a new low for the Minister.”

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