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Doolan welcomes new homeless initiative

12 October, 2005

Sinn Féin's Dublin South East Representative, Councillor Daithí Doolan, today welcomed,''the opening by President Mary McAlesse of a new, and much needed, supported housing complex here in Dublin’s inner city.''

Speaking at the opening of the project at the YMCA in Aungier Street, Cllr. Doolan said, ''the new complex is most welcome and shows that despite the wealth created in this country there is still need for support housing. This complex is built by the City of Dublin YMCA and is a tribute to their commitment and vision.  

Homelessness is at crisis point here in Dublin, where over 200 people spend every night on our streets. This is totally unacceptable especially at a time when many politicians and economists applaud themselves for the creation of the celtic tiger. Despite their platitudes reality for many is very different. The opening of this complex indicates just how much still needs to be done to ensure our society becomes one based on inclusion. For the hundreds of homeless the celtic tiger continues to remains a myth.”

In conclusion Cllr. Doolan urged, ''the Minister for State Noel Aherne to visit this complex, learn from it and fund a proper and adequate homeless programme for Dublin before more of our citizens die on the streets this winter''

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