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Emergency Meeting of Housing Committee requested to discuss Homeless Report - Eoin Ó Broin TD

6 May, 2018 - by Eoin Ó Broin TD

Sinn Féin housing spokesperson, Eoin Ó Broin TD, has written to the chair of the Oireachtas Housing Committee requesting an emergency meeting of the committee to discuss the homeless numbers report controversy.

Deputy Ó Broin said:

“I have written to the chair of the Housing Committee, Maria Bailey TD, requesting an emergency meeting of the committee to discuss the Ministers handling of the monthly homeless numbers report.

“Last week it emerged that the Minister had instructed Councils to remove individuals from their March Homeless Report, which the Councils themselves believed to be homeless.

“Today it is reported in the newspapers that the Minister plans to remove more categories of people from the report.

“This stands in contrast to the Minister refusal to make changes to the reporting regime last year when it was revealed that certain categories of homeless people are not included in the report. 

"They included categories such as adults and children in domestic violence refuge and step down accommodation funded by Tulsa’s or former asylum seekers who despite having their leave to remain are trapped in Direct Provision, effectively using it as emergency accommodation.

“There are also a number of homeless hostels in Dublin that receive no government funding and whose residents do not appear in any homeless figures.

“Minister Murphy cannot be trusted with the monthly homeless report. He and his senior officials must come before the Housing Committee before any further changes are made to the monthly report to explain what they are doing. 

"We must also hear from the Local Authorities and the Dublin Regional Homeless Executive.” 

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