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Crowe raises Tallaght homelessness in Dáil

17 November, 2005

Tallaght based Sinn Féin TD Seán Crowe yesterday brought to the attention of the Dáil the fact that people are sleeping on the streets of Tallaght. Deputy Crowe also said that the local authority is unaware of this. Speaking during statements on housing in the Dáil yesterday he criticized the Government for failing to recognize that there is a crisis in housing.

He said, "I did not hear anyone on the Government benches speak about a crisis. There is a crisis in housing. Other speakers have stated we are living in a different world but people who come to my clinics speak in terms of a crisis. It is a crisis for the 48,413 families, many of which are living in poor or overcrowded conditions that are on local authority housing lists because they cannot get housed.

"Is it not a crisis if one is homeless in this city? On 11 September the homeless mobilised outside this building because three people died sleeping rough on the streets. That, to me, is a crisis.

"The likes of the Simon Community, which is dealing with homeless people, states that more hostels are being built but there is no movement of people into local authority housing. The people concerned are stuck in temporary accommodation. They cannot move on with their lives. They cannot get on with getting jobs etc. because they do not have premament accommodation. That is their reality. That is the crisis facing many people.

"There are people sleeping rough in my area of Tallaght, but the local authority is not aware of it. Today I spoke to three people who are sleeping rough. That is a crisis. If one speaks to the homeless unit in Tallaght, the staff will speak of the crisis that exists.

"Some €375 million is spent on rent supplements. Why is that not being invested in social housing? The reality is the Government would rather give the money to landlords than invest in public housing. That needs to change." ENDS

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