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Busines are unhappy about Cedar House

Busines are unhappy about Cedar House

Busines are unhappy about Cedar House

A ROW has erupted between Dublin City Council and business owners over the reopening of a homeless hostel just off O'Connell Street.

A business leader warns that the reopening of Cedar House on Marlborough Place will lead to "closures and job losses".

The hostel is operated by the council's homeless agency and provides temporary accommodation for up to 50 people.

Several business owners and local representatives say its reopening last month has resulted in a significant increase in anti-social behaviour.

In correspondence circulated among business owners, the CEO of the Dublin city BIDS organisation – a not-for-profit organisation that aims to improve the environment for businesses in the capital – said that the hostel is having a detrimental effect on businesses.

"The anger that we have detected among the business community in relation to this matter has been intense," Richard Guiney said.

"Of most concern is the increase in anti-social behaviour. In my opinion this facility will be the straw on the camel's back for a significant number of businesses in the area and this will lead to closures and job losses."

 

DEALING

Mr Guiney told acting city manager Philip Maguire that businesses in the area have noticed an increase in drug dealing since the hostel reopened.

The Herald has learned that Easons, on O'Connell Street, the Abbey Theatre and Clerys have also reported an increase in anti-social behaviour.

The issue of anti-social behaviour at Cedar House has also been brought to the attention of senior gardai in the city.

Officers from Store Street Garda Station are monitoring the facility on a daily basis.

Cedar House was previously operated by the Salvation Army and is now under the control of the city's Homeless Agency.

The council said the city is facing significant challenges in relation to dealing with homeless people.

"Cedar House provides emergency overnight accommodation for up to 50 homeless men and women in the city centre.

"Clients are admitted to the centre at 10pm each night and leave after breakfast the following morning.

 

ADDICTION

"No mainstream addiction services are provided on site.

"The people who stay at Cedar House are assessed by trained staff for referral to longer-term support services or to tenanted housing.

"The very existence of Cedar House allows us to assess clients in the first place and progress their circumstances."

The council added: "Cedar House is managed, on behalf of Dublin City Council, to a very high standard by the reputable social care agency, Crosscare."

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