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Charities & government agencies demand significant policy change at Housing Committee – Ó Broin

12 June, 2019 - by Eoin Ó Broin TD


Sinn Féin Housing spokesperson Eoin Ó Broin TD has called on Minister Eoghan Murphy to listen to the policy demands made by organisations who are on the front line of the family homelessness crisis.  The Housing Committee this morning listened to presentations from the Mercy Law Centre, the Ombudsman for Children’s Office, the Children’s Rights Alliance, and Focus Ireland.

Speaking after the Committee meeting, Deputy Ó Broin said:

“Today, we heard from key charities and state agencies who work with homeless families and children and noted the policy changes they recommended to tackle the crisis.

“The Mercy Law Centre, the Ombudsman for Children’s Office, the Children’s Rights Alliance, and Focus Ireland all made compelling arguments as to what the government needs to do to help these families.

“The Committee also noted the reports published recently on the issue by Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission and the academic paper ‘The hotelisation of the housing crisis: Experiences of family homelessness in Dublin hotels’.

“A list of common policy changes emerged from the discussion in the Committee and these include; the need for a Constitutional Right to Housing, an increase in investment in real social housing, family support workers for every family, therapeutic support for children, time limits on time spend in emergency accommodation, end of one night stays in emergency accommodation, and an end to self-accommodation, insert a reference to the child in housing legislation; and roll out an independent inspection regime of emergency accommodation.

“These demands aren’t complicated and come from those who work on these issues every day.

“The Minister for Housing must pay careful attention to what was said here today and he must act decisively to implement these changes.” 

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