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Bewleys Hotel near Dublin Airport

Bewleys Hotel near Dublin Airport

Bewleys Hotel near Dublin Airport

The homeless crisis in Dublin is proving to be a bonanza for hotel and other accommodation providers in the capital.

New figures provided by Dublin City Council show that in the third quarter of this year, accommodation providers received €2.44m from the city council to provide emergency accommodation for the homeless.

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The figures show the highest amount received by any single hotel was paid to the Newlands Cross Hotel on the western outskirts of Dublin, which got just over €200,000 during July, August and September, amounting to €2,175 per night in homeless bed non-capitation payments.

Lord Mayor Christy Burke said the sums spent are "an indication of the Government's failure to deal with the issue".

"There are between 600 and 700 children in emergency accommodation including hotels. It is not ideal, but what is the alternative? I'm sure the money being paid to hotels would be sufficient to build proper accommodation for the homeless," he said.

On the payments to hotels, the figures provided show that Smorgs Ltd - the operator of the Travelodge brand in Ireland - received €133,782 during the period (€1,454 per night).

In addition, the figures also show that Moran Group's Bewley's hotel at Dublin Airport received payments of €79,023. The Sunnybank hotel in Glasnevin received €157,225 over the three months.

Separate city council figures show that the Dublin Simon Community received €810,206 to fund its work in helping the homeless, with Depaul Trust Ireland receiving €797,541 under the same heading.

The Peter McVerry Trust Ltd received payments, including arrears, totalling €265,819, with Sofia Housing Association Ltd receiving €254,098.

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