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Peter McVerry Trust calls for Taoiseach to convene Cross Department Conference on Housing and Homelessness
Peter McVerry Trust has called on Enda Kenny to convene a conference on the housing and homeless emergency involving senior officials from the Departments of Finance, Public Expenditure, Social Protection, Health, Environment and Children and Youth Affairs. The charity said only a response by all these departments would bring about the necessary steps for a sustainable solution to Ireland’s broken housing system.
Pat Doyle CEO of Peter McVerry Trust said “The first thing we need is stable Government. Politicians need to realise that every day they play politics behind closed doors more people will become homeless and the numbers at risk of homelessness will grow. Without real leadership now the emergency will worsen significantly in the coming months.”
“The only way the State is going to solve the homeless and housing emergency is by bringing all the key Government Departments on board, and ensuring each plays a proactive role in addressing the situation. It is illogical to have some Government Departments allowing the housing and homelessness emergency to happen and others spending resources trying to mop up the problems.”
The charity also said it was seeking an urgent meeting with the Taoiseach for the past few weeks and had yet to receive a response from Enda Kenny’s office. “We have written to both Enda Kenny and Michael Martin at the beginning of March and as yet neither has responded or offered to meet to discuss our proposals and our concerns.”
The charity said it will be presenting a 30 point action plan to the various Government Departments and Politicians in the coming days.