Taoiseach Varadkar living in denial while people live on the streets – Mary Lou McDonald TD

Sinn Féin President Mary Lou McDonald TD has said that the Taoiseach is living in denial of the scale of the housing crisis as the number of people becoming homeless continues to rise dramatically.

Speaking ahead of today’s march for housing, Teachta McDonald said;

“Neither Taoiseach Varadkar nor the Minister for Housing have the ability to cope with the housing crisis.

“They have shown this time again in their repeated failure to act decisively and declare a national housing emergency.

“The number of homeless adults is 6052 up 24% on the same month last year and up 4% on January 2018. That’s a monthly increase of 215.

“Child homelessness is up 50% over the course of the past twelve months. A shocking 488 children became homeless just last February. That is the single biggest increase in child homelessness on record.

“The Government has said that money is not the issue when it comes to solving the housing crisis, therefore this is an outcome of policy failure on their behalf.

“The Taoiseach and the Minister for Housing must work to tackle rising rents and stop evictions.

“This is what a Sinn Féin Minister for Housing would do. A Sinn Féin Minister for Housing would also declare a national housing emergency, legislate for real rent certainty and invest more in social and affordable housing.”

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