Dublin City Council Responds to Court Ruling on Apollo House

Dublin City Council notes the decision of the High Court today in relation to the occupation of Apollo house. It is important to note the details presented to the court today by Dublin City Council confirms the availability of sufficient emergency accommodation to meet the needs of all persons experiencing homelessness and currently using Apollo House.  

Further, Dublin City Council notes the matter of the quality and configuration of emergency accommodation commissioned by Dublin City Council under the regions Pathway to Home model was commented upon negatively in court today with an assertion made that such emergency accommodation is inappropriate and poorly managed.

This is not accepted by Dublin City Council. All emergency accommodation, formally commissioned under service level agreement with registered bodies, is subject to strict standards of operation and configuration. Notably, this ensures that emergency accommodation services do not tolerate active drug use and exchange and interventions to remove persons engaged is drug misuse are appropriately enforced by service providers.  In addition, dormitory provision of beds is not provided.  Furthermore all homeless service users are supported in their use of services and all complaints are formally examined and investigated to ensure appropriate redress is available for persons in use of emergency accommodation services.

Currently there are enough secure emergency beds available through Dublin City Council and the Dublin Region Homeless Executive (DRHE) to meet the needs of rough sleepers and those who are being accommodated in Apollo House.

The additional 230 bed spaces are distributed across four new emergency accommodation facilities with each one having a dedicated service provider attached to it.

Peter McVerry Trust will provide on-site support for 70 persons at Ellis Quay, Dublin 7.

Depaul will provide on-site supports for 75 persons at Little Britain Street, Dublin 7.

Dublin Simon and Salvation Army will provide on-site supports for 65 persons at Carman''s Hall.

The Civil Defence will provide 20 beds at Wolfe Tone Quay.

Each of the NGOs has extensive experience in the delivery of services to persons who are homeless and have staff with the required skills and competencies.

The DRHE opened two facilities on 9th December at Ellis Quay (70 beds) and Little Britain Street (75 beds). The third facility at Carman’'s Hall will open tomorrow.