Written answers

Wednesday, 29 July 2020

Department of Health

Homeless Persons Data

Thomas Gould (Cork North Central, Sinn Fein)
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273. To ask the Minister for Health if deaths of homeless persons are collated nationally; if so, the body or agency that collates same; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [19227/20]

Thomas Gould (Cork North Central, Sinn Fein)
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274. To ask the Minister for Health if deaths of homeless persons are collated in County Cork, specifically, by a body or agency similar to the Dublin Region Homeless Executive; and if so, the details of the body or agency. [19228/20]

Thomas Gould (Cork North Central, Sinn Fein)
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275. To ask the Minister for Health the number of homeless persons who have passed away in Cork city in each of the years 2010 to 2019 and to date in 2020, in tabular form. [19229/20]

Photo of Frank FeighanFrank Feighan (Sligo-Leitrim, Fine Gael)
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I propose to take Questions Nos. 273 to 275, inclusive, together.

The Department of Health does not collect the data requested by the Deputy.

The Department of Health has oversight responsibility for  health policy for people who are homeless.  Responsibility for the provision of health services falls to the HSE, which works to deliver a range of health-related services  and supports to homeless persons and improve access to mainstream health services, as well as providing targeted measures.

The Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government’s role in relation to homelessness involves the provision of a national framework of policy, legislation and funding to underpin the role of housing authorities in addressing homelessness at local level.  Statutory responsibility in relation to the provision of accommodation and associated services for homeless persons rests with individual housing authorities.

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