Committee – Rebuilding Ireland ProgressPosted May 21st, 2018
Last week I appeared before the Committee on Housing and Homelessness to give an update on the progress of Rebuilding Ireland. You can read my opening statement below.
I thank the Chairman and members of the Committee for the opportunity to appear again before the Committee, this time to give you an update on the progress made in terms of the implementation of Rebuilding Ireland in the first Quarter of this year.
To begin with our most pressing concern and in relation to homelessness, the first quarter of this year saw Storm Emma hit our country. Today, I would like to take the opportunity to once again acknowledge the efforts by all in local authorities, NGOs, emergency services and my own Department in keeping our rough sleepers safe and warm during that extreme weather event.
Since Storm Emma, we have put an additional 60 emergency beds in place and we have seen significant progress with the number of rough sleepers on our streets reducing by more than 40% in April.
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