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Sunday 25 September 2016

Dublin mayor urges end to housing homeless in hotels

Published 26/07/2016 | 02:30

Sean Doran (10), from Rathmines, with his grandmother Miriam Doran as they signed a petition for Michelle Conlon from the Irish Housing Network outside Lynam’s Hotel yesterday. Photo: Frank McGrath
Sean Doran (10), from Rathmines, with his grandmother Miriam Doran as they signed a petition for Michelle Conlon from the Irish Housing Network outside Lynam’s Hotel yesterday. Photo: Frank McGrath

Dublin's mayor is calling for an end to emergency accommodation for the homeless.

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Brendan Carr, a Labour councillor from Cabra/Finglas, joined homeless protesters yesterday in urging Nama to give five homeless families facing imminent eviction from a Dublin hotel a reprieve until they can be properly housed.

Dublin’s Lord Mayor Brendan Carr during the protest. Photo: Frank McGrath
Dublin’s Lord Mayor Brendan Carr during the protest. Photo: Frank McGrath

He was among members of the Irish Housing Network and local councillors who are urging Nama to prevent the families from being forced to leave the hotel after it went into receivership.

They were originally told they would have to leave by last Saturday but were given a week's reprieve.

A Nama spokesman said the agency no longer had a role in the dispute after a receiver was appointed.

However, Mr Carr said housing the homeless in hotels was no solution. "The emergency accommodation is where the problem lies. This is about the third time this has happened in recent times and families are being moved out of emergency accommodation.

"Our main goal is to get long-term sustainable accommodation and Nama should be able to work with the State and the local authorities to ensure that this sort of a scenario doesn't arise," he said.

Irish Independent

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