After another intervention from Sinn Féin representatives in Bray, 12 homeless beds in the town are to remain open.
They were initially set to close at the end of March, after an intervention from John Brady TD it was agreed to keep them open for an additional month. However it has now been agreed to keep it open longer and they will be under review from Wicklow County Council.
Welcoming the news Bray East Sinn Féin representative Grace McManus said “It is good news that the 12 beds that were opened in December for the homeless in Wicklow will now remain open. This is a result of an intervention by Sinn Féin.”
this would have resulted in most of the users being evicted back onto the streets as they had no other form of accommodation
“The beds were due to close at the end of March, this would have resulted in most of the users being evicted back onto the streets as they had no other form of accommodation. My colleague John Brady TD raised it directly with the Minister for Housing Eoghan Murphy and asked for common sense to prevail. A one month time extension was granted; again we went back to the Minister and stated that it needs to remain open beyond the end of April. This has now finally been granted and it will now remain open and the council are to keep it under review.”
Sinn Féin Councillor for Bray West Dermot ‘Daisy’ O’Brien said “Between December and February there was a 25% increase in Wicklow of people in Emergency accommodation. These figures however don’t reflect the real story of homelessness as many people are not offered any form of emergency accommodation and are forced to stay with family or friends and don’t appear in these stats as homeless. Unfortunately due to the government’s failure to put in place policies to tackle the crisis there is a huge demand for emergency homeless accommodation in Wicklow and to close 12 beds down at any point is totally unacceptable.”
We will keep the pressure on both Wicklow County Council and the Minister to ensure that funding remains in place to keep this badly needed facility open into the future
O’Brien concluded “As long as the housing and homeless crises remain unresolved there needs to be emergency homeless accommodation. Unfortunately with the absence of any appetite from the government to tackle the real issues, the need will remain until there is a change of government and a radical change of policy. We will keep the pressure on both Wicklow County Council and the Minister to ensure that funding remains in place to keep this badly needed facility open into the future.”