Sinn Féin - On Your Side

Sinn Féin to host public meeting on Ending Homelessness

12 December, 2006

Sinn Féin Housing spokesperson Seán Crowe TD has said the Fianna Fáil - Progressive Democrat Government does not have the political will to end homelessness. Speaking today Deputy Crowe announced details of a public meeting being hosted by Dublin Sinn Féin on the theme of ending homelessness.

The Dublin South West TD said, "It is absolutely unacceptable that people are sleeping and dying on our streets at a time of unprecedented wealth in this state.

"Sinn Féin regards the delivery of sufficient levels of appropriate social housing as key to the resolution of the homelessness crisis. This current government needs to act - it needs to deliver that which the market is unable or unwilling to deliver. A first step in this would be to properly implement Part V of the Planning and Development Act 2000 to ensure the delivery of twenty percent social and affordable housing in all new developments. However the government has amended this part of the Act at the behest of developers to give them a buy-out clause.

"Ending homelessness is not an impossible goal - the money is there and with real political will we could eradicate homelessness in this state. However, unfortunately, this government lacks that political will. While the Minister may well claim that there is a reduction in homelessness, the big question that needs to be addressed now is the transition from emergency or temporary accommodation to permanent local authority housing. This is where the gap is in the services and it requires immediate attention.

"Dublin Sinn Féin is holding a public meeting at 7:30pm next Tuesday evening in the Royal Dublin Hotel entitled Ending Homelessness. Speakers on the night include Sinn Féin MEP Mary Lou McDonald, Fr. Peter McVerry of the Arrupe Society, Brendan Dowling of the Community Forum and Chris Meehan who was homeless for twenty-five years. I would encourage Dublin people to turn up on the night and give their views, show the government that this problem is unacceptable and join the campaign to end homelessness." ENDS

Connect with Sinn Féin