Minister Murphy should be ashamed as homelessness continues to spiral upwards- Eoin Ó Broin TD
Commenting on the May 2018 homeless figures report published today, Sinn Féin Housing spokesperson Eoin Ó Broin TD said: Minister Murphy should be ashamed as homelessness continues to spiral upwards.
The figures show that the number of people in emergency accommodation has continued to rise with 9,846 people including 3,826 children now living in hotels, hubs and B&Bs across the State.
The Dublin Mid-West TD said:
“The homeless figures are continuing to go the wrong way. I am ashamed today to be a member of the 32nd Dáil. On our watch child homelessness has increased by 38% in one year and is up 80% since this government took office.
“Minister Murphy, the man in charge, should be ashamed as homelessness continues to spiral upward
“The May figures truly make for depressing reading. The number of homeless adults is up 57 to 6,020 for May 2018 and represents an annual increase of 22%.
“The number of homeless families is up 12 to 1,724 for May and represents an annual increase of 31%.
“The number of homeless children is up 137 to 3,826 for May and represents an annual increase of 38%.
“The number of homeless pensioners is up 38% in one year with the state unable to house 128 pensioners.
“Child homelessness has increased a shocking 80% since Fine Gael took office in 2016 and a disturbing 60% since Minister Murphy became Minister.
“This government needs to accept there is a homeless emergency that is not going to get better without urgent action. At some point the Minister must accept that his housing policy is failing failing. They need to be as ambitious in tackling this crisis as they are in promoting and spinning Project 2040.
“There are solutions out there. Sinn Féin and other opposition politicians have brought some to the table as have the NGOs and other stakeholders. Unfortunately for the adults and children existing in emergency accommodation this government is choosing not to listen."