Fianna Fáil TD for Sligo-Leitrim Marc Mac Sharry spoke today in support of a €5 million fund to cater for additional supports to children, who through no fault of their own, are homeless and cannot access educational supports.

Fianna Fáil have introduced a motion in the Dáil which sets out a number of measures which the Government must take to address the complexities in providing education for children experiencing homelessness.

Deputy Mac Sharry commented, “The latest record-breaking homelessness figures have shown that there are 3,784 children, out of 10,264 people in total, living in emergency accommodation in Ireland. 

“Living in homelessness has an extraordinary impact on children in all aspects of their lives. More so in the north west, where services are limited compared to those services available in Dublin.

“Our Party motion calls on the government to immediately collect information on the prevalence of children experiencing homelessness who do not have access to additional supports provided by the Department of Education and Skills and urges the government to establish a €5 million initial ring-fenced fund for schools to provide for the needs of children experiencing homelessness.

“Fine Gael must dispense with the superficial commentary on the housing crisis. We need to undertake a large scale social and affordable housing building programme. Actions speak louder than words and we need urgent actions from the government. Today’s motion is an important step in supporting families and children in the immediate,” concluded Deputy Mac Sharry.