Government failing to acknowledge true scale of the homelessness, says SF

Sinn Féin has said that the Government is failing to acknowledge the scale of the homeless and housing emergency.

Yesterday, Housing Minister Eoghan Murphy gave assurances that his Department will invest over €100m this year to address the problem.

However, Sinn Féin Deputy Leader Mary Lou McDonald said that the Government is still failing to commit to the delivery of social and affordable housing in the numbers necessary to tackle the current crisis.

Speaking at the Sinn Féin Thomas Ashe commemoration in Glasnevin yesterday, she criticised what she said was the government's failure to commit to the delivery of social and affordable housing in the numbers necessary to tackle the emergency in housing provision.

The Dublin Central TD said: “The scale of homelessness across Ireland is far bleaker than the figures suggest.

“The Government’s figures do not include the thousands of women and children in domestic violence refuges on any given day, the families trapped in direct provision having status to stay but are unable to secure alternative accommodation or the unknown numbers of people temporarily sleeping on other people couches or in spare rooms skirting the edges of official homelessness.”


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