Dáil debates

Wednesday, 28 February 2024

Ceisteanna ar Pholasaí nó ar Reachtaíocht (Atógáil) - Questions on Policy or Legislation (Resumed)


12:45 pm

Photo of Pa DalyPa Daly (Kerry, Sinn Fein) | Oireachtas source

In 2011, there were 3,800 people in emergency accommodation or homeless. There are now 14,000 people in this situation. Like other counties, people who have been made homeless in County Kerry, whether through relationship breakdown or for whatever other reason, want accommodation close to services and close to home. Currently, though, there is no emergency accommodation in west, mid, south or east Kerry. There is only such accommodation in Tralee and Listowel. The county council is doing much work, but it is only preventive work. In effect, it is only firefighting. There is a total reliance on beds contracted from private providers who will always take the fast and easy buck. Will the Minister ensure that purpose-built, modular accommodation will be provided to address this crisis?


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