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We cannot afford government inaction on housing – Colreavy

1 December, 2015 - by Michael Colreavy TD

Deputy Michael Colreavy, Sinn Féin TD for Sligo/North Leitrim, has called on the government to take the homelessness crisis seriously.

Speaking on a Sinn Féin motion on the issue, Deputy Colreavy said:

“Just one year ago, a man died only feet from the gates of this institution. His name was Jonathan Corry, and though his death received much attention, sadly his life did not.

“His death has become a focal point of the debate around homelessness and housing in this country.

“The lack of adequate accommodation and housing available for the public is one of the most dominant issues facing this government.

“The government cannot just put a band aid over this issue and expect it to be solved. What is required is cohesive and innovative policy which will actually attempt to fix the problem.

“The government have believed that the market will fix all of these issues, and that it requires little or no involvement from the state.

“The Celtic Tiger years, and the subsequent economic crash appears to have taught the government nothing. What has resulted is empty ghost estates and a massive lack of sufficient and suitable housing units.

“There has to be multiple actions taken in order to find a solution to this problem. This involves tackling the social housing needs, private market provision, tackling rents and tackling discrimination in housing.

“Only government action has the means to resolve this crisis.

“The people cannot afford to wait for a solution to arrive from the market, it is the ministers at the cabinet table who must sit up and take this issue seriously.” 

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