Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Housing Michael Kitt has again called on the Government to ensure that the “Right to a Home” is added to the second phase of the Constitutional Convention.
Speaking in advance of Simon Week 2012, the Galway East TD said the right to a home must be enshrined in the Constitution.
“Homelessness is an issue in every single community across Ireland and we need a comprehensive strategy to address this very serious problem,” said Deputy Kitt. “In particular we must do everything in our power to help children and young people who are living on the streets and simply have nowhere else to go.
“So many young people remain trapped in emergency accommodation for very long periods, as they are unable to sustain the rent on independent accommodation.
“I believe that all citizens, regardless of their age or means, must have the legal right to housing. We need a proper debate on enshrining this right in our Constitution. This would go a long way towards providing the necessary supports for children and adults who are forced to sleep rough or stay in unsuitable temporary accommodation for protracted periods,” the Galway East TD said.