Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Housing, Planning and Local Government, Darragh O’Brien, has said that the temporary supports put in place to prevent homelessness during the COVID-19 pandemic must be examined and potentially extended beyond 27 June.

Deputy O’Brien said: “A number of temporary supports were put in place until 27 June to prevent a further escalation of the homeless crisis in Ireland. These supports must now be re-examined and if necessary be extended beyond the June end date.

“A recent report by Dublin City Council has found that the number of newly homeless families has decreased, with 216 families entering emergency accommodation for the first time between January and March 2020 compared to 276 last year. Whilst this is a step in the right direction, it is by no means a cause for celebration and we must not become complacent on the matter.

“The temporary rent freeze and ban on evictions, which were introduced for three months on 27 March has played a part here in helping families and we must now examine these measures and see if they are to be extended and how best to move forward.

“We still have almost 10,000 people homeless in Ireland and this is simply not acceptable. Fianna Fáil would prioritise solving this housing crisis by building public homes on public land and delivering affordable housing for working people.

“We are committed to ending child homelessness as the number of children living in emergency accommodation remains at an unacceptable level,” concluded Deputy O’Brien.