Homeless Dublin families in emergency accommodation will be given access to free public transport for the month of August.

Housing Minister Eoghan Murphy said in a statement today that he agreed to extend the Leap Card arrangements for homeless families on a “once off basis, for the month of August”. 

The Department of Housing currently funds an initiative which provides free public transport to school for children living in emergency accommodation. 

The Dublin Region Homeless Executive has been overseeing implementation of the initiative and, working in partnership with the National Transport Authority, has put the necessary arrangements in place.

Proposals to extend this free public transport to homeless families outside Dublin and to Dublin homeless families year-round will be considered in the 2020 budget.