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Minister Murphy refuses Committee invite on homeless numbers controversy - Eoin Ó Broin TD

13 May, 2018 - by Eoin Ó Broin TD

Minister for Housing Eoghan Murphy has refused to attend an Oireachtas Housing Committee session dedicated to discussing the recent homeless numbers controversy. The invitation to attend alongside Local authorities, the Dublin Regional Homeless Executive and housing policy experts was issued to Minister Murphy last week.

Deputy Ó Broin said:

“At last weeks Housing Committee meeting there was some concern at the decision by Minister Murphy to remove 600 adults and children from the March homeless report. Despite making this significant intervention, the Minister has not published any information on who has been removed or why.

“It is now clear from information secured by opposition TDs and journalists from Meath, Louth, Dublin City, Kildare and Wexford that the vast majority of those removed from the homeless figures were and still are homeless.

“Given the seriousness of the matter the Housing Committee invited Minister Murphy to attend a dedicated session to discuss this issue alongside officials from his Department, the affected Local Authorities, the Dublin Regional Homeless Executive and housing policy experts.

“Minister Murphy has declined the invitation. Clearly he is running scared of the Housing Committee and any detailed scrutiny of his interference in the March homeless report for fear that we will expose his actions as clear political manipulation of the homeless figures to protect his political reputation.” 

Note: e-mail correspondence from. The office of Eoghan Murphy to the secretariat of the Oireachtas Housing Committee

----- Forwarded by Fiona Cashin/Staff/Oireachtas on 10/05/2018 14:59 -----

From: Conor Madden < >
To: Joint Committee on Housing Planning and Local Government < >, 
Date: 09/05/2018 16:28
Subject: RE: Meeting of JOC Housing, Planning & Local Government

Hi Fiona,

As discussed, the Minister has requested a report on the issue of the homeless figures to be prepared. Until such time as that report is complete and published, he would like to refrain from addressing the Committee solely on that specific topic.

He still intends to attend the quarterly meeting on Rebuilding Ireland on Thursday 17th May at 2pm, and I have conveyed to this Department’s officials the request by the Committee to receive any material to be presented before the Committee as soon as possible, and ideally before close of business tomorrow. 

If there’s anything else I can be of assistance with, do not hesitate to get in touch.

Kind regards

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