Deputy Martin Kenny
Sinn Féin TD for Sligo, Leitrim, West Cavan and South Donegal Martin Kenny asked the Tánaiste in the Dáil today if the government had a plan for those homeless families living in hotels which will close over Christmas.
Deputy Kenny said: “I am concerned that many homeless people, including hundreds of families, are in hotels up and down the length and breadth of the country. In Dublin city and every provincial town in the country, there are families in hotel rooms.
“Many of these hotels will close for Christmas in the next week. Has the Government or Department done any assessment on what will happen, how many people are in this situation or how they can be dealt with?
“In effect, the State is providing this housing for them and it will be taken away. Is there any plan in place to ensure these people will be housed over Christmas?
“The Tánaiste, Frances Fitzgerald TD, told him that the responsibility lies with local authorities and that it was the government’s goal that no one would be in hotels.”
Afterwards, Deputy Kenny said: “It was frightening to hear the Tánaiste today. Clearly, there is no plan for people who might find themselves out of hotels which close for Christmas. Once again, the government will be relying on the voluntary sector to pick up the slack where it has failed to provide for its citizens.”