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Helping Those Who Become Homeless

Posted November 22nd, 2017

Last week during Private Members Business I outlined to the Dáil how we help people when they encounter a crisis in their lives like becoming homeless. You can read my speech below or watch it here.

I thank Deputy Jan O’Sullivan for providing this opportunity for the House to discuss the various actions on homelessness that are being implemented, and the various challenges and difficulties that remain.

Significant work is being carried out across the sector by housing authorities, approved housing bodies and homeless service providers to tackle and address the housing crisis and the serious challenges facing us. When I took up office, I made it clear that tackling issues of housing and homelessness would be a top priority for me and the Government. As I have stated consistently in this House, one homeless individual or family is one too many. A lot has been achieved in this regard in a short space of time but clearly, a lot more remains to be done.

I acknowledge the good intention behind Deputy O’Sullivan’s Bill, intentions that I share and for that reason the Government is supporting her Bill.

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