Homeless figures spiral by 20 per cent in 12 month

by Rachel Cunningham
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Homeless figures released by the Dublin Regional Homeless Executive have revealed that homeless figures have risen by over 20 per cent in just twelve months. 

Commenting on this development, Councillor Daithí Doolan, Sinn Féin’s Dublin housing spokesperson, described the figures as “shocking reading.” He underscored that the largest jump had occurred since the last report was issued in September. 

“This government is failing on every front. The government’s housing plan has been a total disaster. There are now more children homeless, more families homeless and more single people homeless than ever before. There is no hiding from it,” the housing spokesperson stated. 

Claiming that the report proves beyond any doubt this is the worst housing crisis since the foundation of the state, Councillor Doolan said that the Minister for Housing, Darragh O’Brien, should hang his head in shame. 

“His policies are having a hugely negative impact on the thousands of people homeless in Dublin. Each of the 8,087 is a person being traumatised and disadvantaged by his failed housing policy,” he said. 

“We need to see a change in the government’s housing policy. Greater funding needs to be released urgently to local authorities to build social housing, red tape needs to be slashed, rent control in the private rented sector needs to be introduced and a long term ban on evictions,” the councillor conluded.

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