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Government must act on Children’s Ombudsman’s report ‘No Place like Home’ – Ó Broin

18 April, 2019 - by Eoin Ó Broin TD

Sinn Féin Housing spokesperson Eoin Ó Broin TD has welcomed the publication of the report by the Ombudsman for Children’s office on children’s experiences of living in family hubs.

Speaking today after the launch of the report, Deputy Ó Broin said:

“The ‘No Place like Home’ report published today by the Ombudsman for Children’s Office is hugely moving and incredibly important.

“The report uniquely gives a voice to the children and teenagers living in the family hubs across the State. 

“It highlights the challenges they face on the daily basis from a lack of privacy to the stigma associated with living in emergency accommodation.

“It is crucial that all those in authority read the report and act on its recommendations. Sinn Féin fully support the recommendations.

“The children and teens in the report called for the government to address the housing crisis and provide more homes and provide more support to renters.

“The Ombudsman for Children’s Office called for the government to make the necessary legislative changes including creating a legal right to housing.

“They also called for timelines to be put in place to end the practice of self-accommodation and an independent statutory inspection of homeless accommodation is urgently needed.

“While these children wait for proper homes it is important that the hubs they are sleeping in are up to the highest possible standards.” 

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