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Thursday, 23rd March 2023

Munster calls on O’Dowd to explain where evicted people are expected to go

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Imelda Munster TD.

Sinn Féin Deputy Imelda Munster is urging fellow Louth TD Fergus O Dowd to explain where people who are evicted into homelessness next month after the ban on no fault evictions comes to an end are expected to go.

She has also called on the Fine Gael TD to explain his support for an end the no fault eviction ban.

“With emergency accommodation across the state at breaking point, most of the 3,000 households and individuals facing eviction in April will have nowhere to go” Deputy Munster said.

“Here in Louth, as of today, there are no places in emergency accommodation for anyone.

“No emergency accommodation in Louth County Council. No Hotel places. No B&B places. Nothing

“Homeless presentation figures for last month in Drogheda was 77 and in Dundalk it was 95.

“Next month, a minimum of 96 eviction notices will fall due in county Louth.

“These individuals and working families now face being made homeless in April, as a direct result of the government’s decision to end the eviction ban.

“Where are they supposed to live? The reality is most have nowhere to go.

“It is blatantly clear that the government has no plan to deal with the 3000 eviction notices across the state that the Residential Tenancies Board tell us will fall due in April, or the thousands more that will fall due in the coming months.

“The reality is there are working families, single people and pensioners who will have nowhere to go.

“It is unacceptable that we have heard nothing from the Taoiseach, Tánaiste or Minister for Housing about what support those people will receive in the coming months.

“Even the private rental sector is starved of stock with only single digit properties being advertised for huge rent in Drogheda on Daft.ie today.

“My constituency office is inundated with people terrified on how this may impact them if they receive a notice to quit now, because there is simply no where for them to go

“The governments amendments to our motion were simply a rehash of their failed housing policies and more flowery promises of things that they are planning to do in the future.

“Not once did they say what provisions will be in place and working properly to ensure no one faces not having a roof over their heads when the end of the eviction ban hits.

“It is even worse that government TDs like Fergus O Dowd locally are willing to stand over that, knowing the reality on the ground here in Louth.

“Fergus O Dowd must tell us, when people who are evicted into homelessness next month, where do those people go?

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