Sunday 16 June 2019

Murphy accuses Sinn Féin of 'fake news' on housing

Housing Minister Eoghan Murphy. Photo: Doug O'Connor
Housing Minister Eoghan Murphy. Photo: Doug O'Connor
Cormac McQuinn

Cormac McQuinn

Housing Minister Eoghan Murphy has accused Eoin Ó Broin of "peddling fake news" after the Sinn Féin TD claimed he had refused to attend a committee meeting dedicated to discussing homeless numbers.

Mr Murphy has faced pressure from the Opposition over the rising number of people in homeless accommodation as official figures approach 10,000.

Mr Ó Broin has disputed the figures, saying that almost 600 people were removed from the March numbers.

He accused Mr Murphy of "running scared" from scrutiny on what he claimed was "political manipulation" of the homeless figures.

Mr Murphy has rejected claims the figures have been manipulated, instead arguing that some people had been had been wrongly categorised by local authorities.

Mr Ó Broin released a statement yesterday claiming that Mr Murphy had refused an invitation to appear at the Oireachtas Housing Committee for a dedicated meeting on the homeless numbers.

Mr Ó Broin included correspondence from the minister's office that stated Mr Murphy was awaiting a Dublin Regional Homeless Executive report on the figures and wanted to refrain from addressing the Committee solely on the subject until it is published.

Mr Murphy took to Twitter accusing Mr Ó Broin of "peddling fake news". He said he had agreed to attend the committee twice. Mr Ó Broin replied saying he had refused to attend a dedicated session and that no report was needed to answer questions on figures.

Irish Independent

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