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Murphy Denies "Nothing Is Being Done" To Tackle Homelessness Crisis

The Housing Minister has denied that nothing is being done to tackle the homelessness crisis. Eoghan...
Niall Colbert
Niall Colbert

12:25 PM - 12 Dec 2019



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Murphy Denies "Nothing Is Being Done" To Tackle Homelessness Crisis

Niall Colbert
Niall Colbert

12:25 PM - 12 Dec 2019



The Housing Minister has denied that nothing is being done to tackle the homelessness crisis.

Eoghan Murphy's comments come as the government's latest figures show 10,514 people are homeless.

Around 4,000 children are set to spend this Christmas in emergency accommodation.

According to Focus Ireland, the number of homeless families has increased by 380% since October 2014.

Minister Eoghan Murphy has said he's working hard to fix the problem:

"Some commentators on homelessness, be they expert or not, suggest that nothing is being done, that policy is failing completely, but that is untrue," he said.

"That is unfair to the hundreds of local authority staff, and our partners in the NGO sector, working on the frontlines up and down this country doing their utmost to assist vulnerable households.

"There are a myriad of personal, situational and financial reasons for homelessness, it is a very complex issue and resolving it continues to be a key priority for my department."



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