Friday 19 October 2018

New owners of Gresham Hotel not providing homeless families with accommodation due to refurbishments

The Gresham Hotel in Dublin
The Gresham Hotel in Dublin

Ryan Nugent

New owners of the Gresham Hotel have said they have decided to stop accepting homeless families seeking emergency accommodation because of refurbishments.

Yesterday it was revealed that 14 families would need to find alternative accommodation with the hotel not providing them with rooms from January 31.

Dublin Regional Homeless Executive (DRHE) say they are confident that alternative temporary accommodation will be organised by the deadline.

It is expected that many of the families will be housed in family hubs.

The hotel - which is now owned by Riu who purchased it from NAMA last year - said that it was too early to say if they would be accepting homeless families when the refurbishments are completed.

In a statement this evening, a spokeswoman said they have had to turn down a number of business opportunities in order for works to be complete.

"Planning permission has been sought and granted for cleaning of the hotel façade and an upgrade to the outdoor lighting," she said.

"From February 1st, we are commencing a refurbishment of bedrooms and suites. This will necessitate taking a number of rooms out of the inventory for a number of months, which will reduce the hotel capacity.

"To facilitate the refurbishment of the bedrooms, we have had to turn away a number of business opportunities including Dublin City Council," she added.

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