Radical shift needed with 257 homeless in Limerick

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Jan O'Sullivan TD

LABOUR Party housing spokesperson, Jan O’Sullivan, has called on the Government to admit the failure of their Rebuilding Ireland Plan as the number of people in homeless services rises again this month after exceeding 10,000 in March.

The April homeless figures released by the Department of Housing shows that there are now 10,378 people officially classified as homeless, including 3,794 children. The homelessness crisis in Limerick also remains critical, with 257 people homeless, while 75 families remain homeless in the Mid-West.

“The numbers are truly shocking and denying over 10,000 people, including close to 4,000 children, the most basic need of a home of their own,” said Limerick TD Jan O’Sullivan.

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“Pillar 5 of Rebuilding Ireland promises to use vacant homes and was described as the ‘quick win’ and ‘low-hanging fruit’. Yet, there are thousands of empty Council houses all around the country that are sitting for months with no-one in them while families are forced to live in hotels.