Minister Murphy massages homeless figures again- Eoin Ó Broin TD
Sinn Féin Housing spokesperson Eoin Ó Broin TD has accused the Minister for Housing Eoghan Murphy of “massaging the homeless figures again” as he confirms he as removed 297 people from Dublin and Meath from the official April statistics.
Deputy Ó Broin said:
“The Department’s official figures for April 2018 show a tiny drop in the number of homeless adults and families with 72 fewer adults and eight fewer families in emergency accommodation.
"However, there was an increase in the number of homeless children, which was up 43 on the previous month to 3,689. This is an increase of 36% on the same month last year.
“In total there was a marginal monthly drop of 0.2% in the total number of homeless people, which is now at 9,652. This time last year it was 7,680. There has been an increase of 25% in one year.
“However if the 297 people who were removed from the figures were taken into account there has been an annual increase of 30% and a monthly increase of 3%.
“So the Minister isn’t making any progress in tackling this homeless issue. It’s nearly a year since he assumed the role and manipulating the figures is about all he has achieved. Removing 297 people from the figures does not hide the fact that the government is failing miserably to deal with the housing crisis.
“It is shameful that the Minister is more concerned with doctoring the figures in order to save his job rather than proactively implementing measures to prevent people from entering homelessness in the first place.
“Behind these figures there are real people and the fact that their government does not think they are in emergency housing need is appalling.
“These figures don’t even include the hidden homeless. The adults and children in Tusla funded domestic violence shelters, those trapped in direct provision centres that have their leave to remain but can’t access housing in the private rented sector and those existing in overcrowded conditions.
“The Minister has failed to make a dent in this problem. There are now serious questions over his judgement on this issue and over his ability to continue in his role."