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This image should 'haunt' Government, says local TD

Thursday, 9th August, 2018 2:03pm
This image should 'haunt' Government, says local TD

This photo has caused public outrage today. CREDIT: ICHH

This image should 'haunt' Government, says local TD

This photo has caused public outrage today. CREDIT: ICHH

The image of six children forced to sleep on chairs in Tallaght Garda station last night should haunt the Government, according to a local TD.

The widely circulated photograph has caused outrage on social media and is being held up as an example of the Government’s failure to tackle the growing homelessness crisis.

Solidarity TD Paul Murphy claimed that scenes like this are being played across the country every night of the week, “whether it’s families in Garda stations, in tents or on benches”. He said the case highlighted the failure of the Government's policy on housing “which relies on private landlords and builders to provide social and affordable housing”.

Sinn Féin Housing spokesperson Eoin Ó Broin TD called for an immediate statement from Minister Eoghan Murphy following revelations that seven homeless families were referred to Garda stations last night due to a lack of emergency accommodation available.

Deputy Ó Broin said: “For the first time in a number of months, homeless services providers were forced to refer seven families to Garda stations last night due to lack of available emergency accommodation.

“Of the seven families, accommodation was eventually found for four, with one family sleeping in Tallaght Garda Station and two more families sleeping rough.

“As the holiday season reaches its peak and with the added pressure of the Pope’s visit to Ireland, many hotels are withdrawing their rooms from emergency accommodation.

"This, along with the increasing numbers of families presenting as homeless, led to last night’s crisis situation."

He added: “Given that this problem is likely to recur during August, Minister for Housing Eoghan Murphy must make a public statement on the matter today outlining what additional measures he will put in place to address this ever worsening problem.

“It is becoming increasingly clear that Government has no actual strategy for tackling family homelessness.”

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