Friday 2 December 2016

Government should be tackling the homeless crisis, not passing the buck

Published 25/08/2015 | 02:30

Fr Peter McVerry wheels comedian Neil Delamere at a charity launch event. Labour TD Joanna Tuffy recently criticised the homeless charity the Peter McVerry Trust, saying it should borrow from the Housing Finance Agency to fund social housing
Fr Peter McVerry wheels comedian Neil Delamere at a charity launch event. Labour TD Joanna Tuffy recently criticised the homeless charity the Peter McVerry Trust, saying it should borrow from the Housing Finance Agency to fund social housing

Finally, the identity of the sinister organisations responsible for the homeless crisis has been revealed. No, it's not some cabal of greedy developers, scheming bankers or incompetent TDs. It's the homeless charities.

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That's according to Labour TD Joanna Tuffy, who has decided enough is enough and it's time to get tough with those good-for-nothings in the charity sector who are sitting idly by while hundreds of families lose their homes.

All summer long, charitable groups have been whinging and moaning about a so-called housing crisis. How are poor, beleaguered backbench TDs expected to enjoy their two-month summer holidays when all they hear is recrimination whenever they work up the courage to turn on the news in the morning?

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