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Thursday 23 January 2020

Homeless family hub to be sited above pub on city quay

O’Shea’s on Merchants Quay, Dublin: there are plans to expand the emergency accommodation located above the premises. Picture: Arthur Carron
O’Shea’s on Merchants Quay, Dublin: there are plans to expand the emergency accommodation located above the premises. Picture: Arthur Carron
Ryan Nugent

Ryan Nugent

Dublin City Council's next hub for homeless families is set to be located on one of the city centre's busiest streets, the Irish Independent can reveal.

It is understood that plans are in place to transform current emergency accommodation on Merchants Quay into a family hub under the drastic plans by Housing Minister Simon Coveney to ensure there will be no families living in hotels or B&B's by the beginning of July.

The emergency accommodation - located above O'Shea's Merchants pub on the south quays - will be transformed into one of 15 family hubs planned by the council's Homeless Executive.

None of the hubs will be run directly by the Homeless Executive, and will instead be taken over by housing services. No detail has been released as to the opening date at O'Shea's or of the number of families due to stay there.

It is understood the families currently availing of emergency accommodation above the pub are expected to remain as the property is transformed.

The Homeless Executive has said that those living in the hubs will be allowed visitors, but will not be permitted to have anyone stay overnight.

Meals will be provided on-site at the properties, while each family will have their own en suite washing facilities.

Homework clubs for children will also be included.

Last month city councillors backed a motion for future protocol on any family hub plans after they were left in the dark over the current sites until they were finalised.

Cllr Mannix Flynn - who tabled this emergency motion - has hit out at a lack of information for families and councillors.

He said the latest hub is set for a "highly inappropriate" location.

"They (DCC) are not telling us what buildings they're looking at or where the money is going," Mr Flynn said.

"It's highly inappropriate - a really busy corner of a main street.

"It's also a stone's throw away from Merchants Quay Ireland (homeless and drug service) which is an issue of constant complaint from the public over anti-social issues," he added.

Just two weeks ago it was revealed that a hub would be located at a former Bargaintown site in a Coolock industrial estate.

Irish Independent

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