Five councillors call Special  Meeting aimed at lifting  eviction ban in Dún Laoghaire Rathdown 

by Alex Greaney
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Alex Greaney 

Five Councillors from DLR joined together to call special meeting of DLR County Council to discuss emergency measures to address homelessness in the light of the lifting of the eviction ban. 

Cllr. Dave Quinn (Social Democrats), Cllr. Anne Colgan (Independent), Cllr. Melisa Halpin (People Before Profit), Cllr. Hugh Lewis (Independent) and Cllr. Sean McLoughlin (Independent) called a special meeting of DLR County Council on Wednesday 5th April to discuss the lifting of the eviction ban and new measures that are in place or needed to deal with the inevitable increase in homelessness as a result of the lifting of this ban. 

The Councillors are extremely concerned that any increase in homelessness will exacerbate the current housing catastrophe that is being experienced all across the county. They want to hear an outline of all new measures announced by the Government and how they will be implemented locally to prevent homelessness. 

They expressed concern that the recent circular from the Minister in relation to the eviction ban did not seem to recognise the seriousness of the lapsing of the ban on evictions.   

The purpose of the meeting was to seek a clear picture of the impact in our county of the lifting of the eviction ban and to look for strong assurances from the Council executive that no stone is left unturned to prevent the tragedy of homelessness among residents of Dun Laoghaire Rathdown from growing ever greater. 

Social Democrat Cllr. Dave Quinn said: “The latest report from the Residential Tenancies Board (RTB) shows there will be a tsunami of evictions in the coming months. The Government now has the figures of over 9,000 notices of termination as at the end of December, and the February homelessness total not increasing from January’s level. So, the data clearly shows that the eviction ban was working and shows an unprecedented number of renters facing evictions. The Government must reinstate the ban on evictions until such time that renters whose leases are terminated have alternatives available to them.” 

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