Clonmel meeting planned on homeless and Tipperary housing crisis

Clonmel meeting planned on homeless and Tipperary housing crisis

Seamus Healy TD will chair the meeting.

Independent TD Seamus Healy will chair a public meeting on homelessness in Clonmel next week to highlight the national emergency as well as the housing crisis in Tipperary.

It takes place in the Clonmel Park Hotel at 8pm on Wednesday, December 6.

The meeting will be addressed by nationally known speakers who have an in-depth knowledge of the housing and homeless emergency.

Dr Rory Hearne is an author/researcher at Maynooth University and social justice activist while Mike Allen is the Director of Advocacy with the housing charity Focus Ireland.

Deputy Healy said that this Christmas morning over 3,000 children will wake up in hotel bedrooms and bed and breakfast accommodation.

"Successive governments including Fianna Fail, Fine Gael and the Labour Party stopped local authorities building social houses. They handed social housing over to private developers and the private market", he said.

"And as a result, we have a national housing and homelessness emergency, including 8,500 homeless; 3,000 children homeless; 120,000 on local authority housing waiting lists; 1,000 more couch surfing or doubling up with relatives; and 1,000 more still trapped in private rented accommodation unable to get a mortgage or get on a local authority house waiting list".

The Clonmel TD said Tipperary County Council hasn’t built a social house in the last four years and none will be built in 2017. 

He added - "There are 3,500 families on Tipperary County Council houses waiting lists and we have 379 people homeless.   How did we get here?  How can this housing emergency be solved?  What can you do?  These are some of the questions that will be asked and answered at the meeting".