Friday 20 April 2018

Alan Kelly 'should cut holiday short' to deal with 'tsunami of homelessness'

Alan Kelly TD, Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government
Alan Kelly TD, Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government
Miriam Donohoe

Miriam Donohoe

ENVIRONMENT Minister Alan Kelly was called on today to return from holidays to deal with the “tsunami” of homelessness sweeping the country.

Fianna Fail released new figures showing that 616 family homes were the subject of repossessions orders in the first six months of this year, while  a further 24 other properties, including buy–to-lets and holiday homes, were also reposssed in that period.

Fianna Fail Senator Daragh O Brien said the country is facing a national crisis and Minister Kelly must return from holidays and face up to what is his ultimate reposnibility.

Figures supplied to Fianna Fail show that there were 3,395 civil bills lodged in the first six months of the year. These are the first stage of the repossessions process and an indicator of the maasive problem coming down the line.

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We are seeing a tsunami of home repossessions sweeping the country. The fact that over 600 family homes have already been repossessed since the start of the year is extremely worrying.”

He said it is an utter disgrace that families with children are sleeping on the streets of our capital. “Yet we have a minister who is a self professed straight talker and action man who is doing nothing and has stayed silent on this issue.”

“The government may be on holidays but familes cannot wait. We need to hear form Alan Kelly to see what is going to happen.”

“This Minister had a conference in December in which he brought all the stakeholders together and promised urgent action but since then homelessness in Dubln has increased by 55 per cent.”

“The problem of long term mortgage arrears need urgent action, There are 37,933 owner occupiers more than two years behind in their mortage payments, This category now constitutes 36 per cent of all accounts in arrears and 79 per cent of arrears outstanding.”

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