Fianna Fáil TD and Chair of the Oireachtas Committee on Housing and Homelessness, John Curran TD has said that the special effort made by charities to provide beds to those living in homelessness during Storm Emma, should be supported by Government to continue.

The Deputy raised the matter with the Minister for Housing, Eoghan Murphy TD in Dáil Éireann earlier this week.

He said, “At the outset I must acknowledge and commend the exceptional work carried out by volunteer led organisations over the course of the storm.Their work highlighted the fact that there are significantly more people who are rough sleepers in Dublin than had been previously acknowledged.

“These services have had an opportunity to connect with people in homelessness or who are forced to live on the streets and can now work closely with them to be housed or placed in emergency temporary accommodation.

“The Government must make special provision to ensure that all of the charities that have been working with those on the frontline living in homelessness are provided with the resources required to continue to provide the emergency accommodation and support.

“In light of the new number of people rough sleeping or living in homelessness, I ask that specific programmes and additional funding be made available,” concluded Deputy Curran.