Friday 23 March 2018

Knock heads together to tackle homelessness, Sr Stan tells Kenny

Enda Kenny
Enda Kenny

Rachel Lavin

Taoiseach Enda Kenny must show leadership in the housing crisis and "knock heads together" to tackle homelessness, said Sister Stanislaus Kennedy.

The founder of Focus Ireland appealed to Mr Kenny to replace the political rhetoric of individual ministers with a joined-up Government response.

"The Government could, with a stroke of a pen, take action to prevent more families becoming homeless this month by increasing the rent supplement and by delivering rent certainty to landlords and tenants," Sr Stan said at the annual Whitaker Lecture at Drogheda's Highlanes Gallery.

The social campaigner called for an emergency cross-departmental response from the Government, rather than "political bickering, in-fighting and rivalry".

"I am making a direct appeal to Taoiseach Enda Kenny to knock heads together - including Nama, developers, local authorities, as well as his ministers and top civil servants - to set up a task force to replace rhetoric with real actions," said Sr Stan.

"This will not be achieved unless departments work together. We need to stop the flow of families into homelessness."

She said "quick measures" should be taken, including an increase in the rent supplement, the delivery of rent certainty and "a firm hand to be taken with the banks to avoid an avalanche of home possessions".

Irish Independent

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