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Doolan - Homeless dying in the shadows of wealth

16 September, 2005


Sinn Féin's Dublin South East Representative, Councillor Daithí Doolan, today called on the government, "to establish a task force to tackle homelessness in our capital."

Speaking ahead of tomorrow's rally calling for government action on homelessness, Cllr. Doolan said:

"This Task Force must be set up as a matter of urgency. Many of our politicians applaud themselves at the fact that Ireland has one of the richest economies in the world. This claim is disgraced by the fact that despite the wealth a record number of 237 people sleep on the streets of Dublin every night. This was brought into stark reality when 3 people died on our streets recently simply because they could not get accommodation on the night of their deaths.

"It is now clear that we need less self congratulation and more action from our government ministers. The people who sleep on our streets deserve action and not platitudes. The city skyscape has become full of apartment blocks and construction cranes, but the question must be asked, how does this benefit those in most need of housing? Unfortunately the answer has become clear, it does not benefit those who need a home, in fact the reality is people are dying sleeping in the shadows of this new found wealth. The blame for the current housing crisis lies fairly and squarely at the door of this government."

In conclusion Cllr. Doolan, called on the Minister for State with responsibility for Housing Noel Ahern, "to take that responsibility seriously and set up a Housing Task Force before one more life is lost on our streets."

The protest will take place tomorrow, 2pm, Central Bank.

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