Dublin's Lord Mayor pleased at outcome of Meeting on Homelessness with Minister Alan Kelly yesterday

Following a request by an tArdmhéara Críona Ní Dhálaigh, a cross party group of Dublin City Councillors met yesterday afternoon at Leinster House with Minister Alan Kelly, TD, Minister for Environment, Community and Local Government on Dublin’s homeless crisis.

Speaking after the meeting an tArdmhéara said, “I am very pleased to say that today’s meeting with Minister Kelly was very productive in many respects. (Is fíor é an seanfhocal - Níl aon tinteán mar do thinteán féin”. Cuirim fáilte roimh na gealltanais atá tugtha ag an Aire inniu chun aghaidh a thabhairt ar an ábhar géarchéime seo i dtaobh daoine gan dídean ar ár sráideanna anseo i mBaile Átha Cliath). I welcome the commitments made by him to implement a number of proactive measures, in some key areas that will help address the immediacy of the homeless crisis in Dublin.”

An tArdmhéara added, “In particular, the Minister has agreed to deal with three key areas as a matter of priority - the emerging deficit on the 2015 budget for homeless services in the region so that homeless service can be maintained, the funding of void refurbishments so that more voids can be brought back into the housing stock, and the prioritisation of capital funding for new housing developments.

“While all of these measures represent very positive outcomes in the short to medium term, there remains a lot of work to be done at local level, to guarantee that we create the environment in which we can deliver on these objectives. We will be working very closely with the Minister’s Department to ensure that all the measures necessary are taken, to bring the commitments made by him to fruition”,  she concluded.