10,264 officially homeless, Rebuilding Ireland needs to go - Eoin Ó Broin TD
Sinn Féin Housing spokesperson Eoin Ó Broin TD has responded to the latest homeless figures saying that Leo Varadkar and Eoghan Murphy “can no longer claim that their housing policy is working”, and “Rebuilding Ireland must go”.
Deputy Ó Broin said:
“This evening the Department of Housing’s official homeless figures for February reached the symbolic figure of over 10,000 with the number of people officially classed as homeless reaching 10,264.
“This is an increase of 277 people in January 2019 including an increase of 160 children and 117 adults.
“The number of children sleeping in hotel rooms and hubs has reached 3,784.
“In the eight years since Fine Gael took office there has been an increase of 490% in the number of homeless children, up from 641 in 2011.
“Minister Murphy has called the latest figures ‘hugely disappointing’.
“He cannot in one breath call the figures disappointing and then claim that that Rebuilding Ireland is working, when it is clearly not.
“It is a scandal that the Taoiseach continues lecture Sinn Féin on policy when he is presiding over a policy failure than is impacting thousands of families, children, pensioners, couples and students.
“Micheal Mártin can no longer hide in shadows talking out of both sides of his mouth. Is his party willing to continue to endorse a failing Minister and failing government policy?
“It should be remembered that Sinn Féin put down a motion of no confidence in Minister Murphy, and he is only in his position because Fianna Fáil failed to support it.
“Tomorrow, members of the Dáil have an opportunity to vote for a Bill that if passed will prevent many families currently at risk of homelessness from losing their homes.
“The Bill, which is based on The Focus Ireland amendment, will prevent buy to let landlords from issuing vacant possession notices to quit to tenants when they are selling the property.
“This is currently the single biggest cause of family homelessness.
“We are calling on all TD's, including Fianna Fáil, who blocked the measure in 2016 to support this small but important measure that would help people facing imminent homelessness.”