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12 emergency beds set to close in Bray same week young homeless man dies – Brady

16 May, 2019 - by John Brady TD

Sinn Féin TD for Wicklow John Brady has slammed Housing Minister Eoghan Murphy for standing by while 12 emergency beds are due to close in Bray the very same week that a funeral took place for a homeless man that passed away in the town.

Speaking in the Dáil today, Teachta Brady said:

“This week, I attended the funeral of a young homeless man who died in Bray last week. He had been sleeping in a tent as a result of the housing crisis. He died in that tent, having been failed by this Governments’ housing policy.

“Within days of this young man passing away, those using the 12 emergency beds have been notified that it will close at the end of this month. People are dying on our streets and the very measly measures being put in place by this Government to prevent this, are being shut down.”

Bray East representative for Sinn Féin Grace McManus added that:

“These 12 emergency winter beds opened before Christmas never even met demand in Wicklow. There has been a consistent waiting list to gain access to the emergency beds yet; despite this a decision has been made to close these beds. It is absolutely shameful.  

Teachta Brady concluded:

“I have asked Minister Murphy today in the Dáil directly and I ask him again now. How many more people without a home unable to access emergency accommodation have to die on our streets before the Government acknowledge that their housing plan Rebuilding Ireland is not working?

“The young homeless man who passed away in Bray this week is the very proof of that fact.” 

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