Government housing plans ‘are a drop in the ocean to what is required’ – Ó Snodaigh
Dublin Sinn Féin TD Aengus Ó Snodaigh has strongly criticised the meagre efforts taken by this government to stem the housing crisis. Speaking during the Sinn Féin PMB this evening, the Dublin South Central deputy opined that “the scale of this problem is such to demand emergency powers”.
Deputy Ó Snodaigh said:
“It’s a year since the death of Jonathan Corrie focussed many minds on the ongoing question of homelessness, but the situation in this city and across the country has gotten much worse since. Over 800 families have lost their home, since the Minister for statements and no action on housing Alan Kelly announced a raft of measures in response.
“Any announcement from the Labour Party as it tries to stave off oblivion in an election weeks away, is too little too late. They will not buy this election like they did with empty promises the last time.
“This problem is not going away; it is going to get worse if action is not taken. Dublin City Council is only planning to have 3,347 new homes by 2017, this is despite over 22,000 on their waiting list and an additional 70 families going homeless in the city monthly. The maths dictate that their new homes are therefore are a drop in the ocean to what is required.
“The scale of this problem is such to demand emergency powers.
“Sinn Féin, locally and nationally, have not been found wanting in terms of solutions to this harrowing crisis for those dependent on the state for housing. It is shameful in this supposed developed state that the solution to the housing crisis in Dublin is the provision of an extra 100 beds in pods in James Street, as part of the rough sleeping initiatives, the renting of unsuitable B&B, hotel and hostel accommodation in the area or across Dublin, or is the case in my area, the leasing of a full hotel as an emergency homeless unit, to go with the many other homeless services in the area already.
“Tonight, in particular I think of those in sleeping bags around the city, others sleeping in cars or couch suffering with their kids in the already overcrowded homes of friends. I want to pay tribute to those working with the homeless in the city trying to alleviate the hardships faced daily from this crisis, in particular a grassroots organisation which has sprung up in in the last while, Ballyfermot Help 4 the Homeless.”