Tuesday 20 August 2019

Proposal to relocate homeless people to rural areas is 'barmy'

By Esther Hayden

The proposal by the Government to try to relocate those who are homeless in Dublin to counties outside the capital has been branded as 'barmy' by a Gorey councillor.

Cllr Malcolm Byrne said the proposal by the Department of the Environment shows a complete lack of understanding of the housing challenge outside Dublin.

'We have over 3,000 people on Co. Wexford's housing lists; almost 900 in the Gorey area alone. Every week I am contacted with stories of the appalling housing conditions being faced by people - of families living in overcrowded conditions, of those being unable to afford the afford the rent, of those in substandard housing. Dublin faces a major crisis but so does the rest of the country.

'Already, we have many families who have moved from Dublin onto housing lists in Wexford. Minister Alan Kelly seems to think that the problem can be solved by shifting it outside Dublin but it will only be solved by building more social housing and providing appropriate levels of rent supplement.

He said he will be opposing any moves by Wexford County Council to facilitate the plans.

Wexford People

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