Louise O’Reilly TD challenges government on homeless crisis in Fingal
Speaking in the Dáil today Sinn Féin TD for Fingal Deputy Louise O’Reilly challenged the Minister for Housing over the homeless crisis in Fingal and the lack of an effective government response for victims of domestic violence.
Teachta O’Reilly said:
“There are a significant number of people entering homelessness in Fingal and ending up in emergency accommodation every week. However, in recent weeks there has been a spike in my clinics in the number of women being made homeless due to domestic violence.
“These women in particular are falling through the cracks. They are now in emergency accommodation with their children or have been given HAP, but cannot find a place to live.
“Similarly, those who do enter emergency accommodation from Fingal are often at times being accommodated distances away from Fingal, in Drogheda and other parts of Louth and in Dublin City Centre.
“Many of these people have families and their children have to go to school in Fingal.
“The travel distances they have to undertake daily is then having a detrimental effect on the children’s attendance. Their right to an education is being undermined by the lack of a right to housing.
“The Minister has to ensure more social and affordable houses are delivered as a matter of urgency and he also needs to implement emergency measures such as rent freezes.
“He also needs to ensure that supports are in place at local authority level to help people in Fingal who have HAP to find a place and for that place to be in the Fingal region.”