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Action needed to protect homeless people in the face of severe weather – Ellis

25 October, 2011 - by Dessie Ellis TD

Sinn Féin housing spokesperson Dessie Ellis TD has called for emergency accommodation to be made available for homeless people in the face of further flooding throughout the country.

Deputy Ellis said:

“Last night we saw huge flooding throughout the country and especially in my own city of Dublin. I spent many hours last night helping local people deal with the effects of the flooding on their homes. These people are facing a lot of difficulty but they continue to have a roof over their heads.

“There has been a 26% increase in rough sleepers in Dublin in recent times. The people who now are sleeping in alleys and doorways are facing dreadful damp and cold conditions. We are in danger of fatalities from exposure and illnesses from these conditions.

“The city council, local authorities elsewhere and the Department of Environment must ensure that emergency accommodation is put in place to get these people off the streets and into safe and warm conditions.

“Dublin Simon recently stated that they are operating at full capacity and still not meeting the needs of all the homeless people in Dublin. We cannot allow this very vulnerable group to be left out on the streets to freeze. The local authorities and the State must act now.”

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