Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Housing, Planning and Local Government Darragh O’Brien has expressed his shock following news that a homeless man has received life altering injuries in Dublin City Centre.
The homeless man received life-changing injuries when the tent he was sleeping in was removed by an industrial vehicle conducting works of Dublin City Council and Waterways Ireland.
The man was admitted to St Vincent's University Hospital where he underwent surgery for what are described as life-changing injuries.
Deputy O’Brien said: “The number of homeless in the State remains over 10,000 according to the latest figures and this is a direct result of a Fine Gael led Government. Their legacy is now a national crisis with over 3,000 children homeless.
“I was shocked to learn of news that a homeless man was seriously injured when his tent was removed by an industrial vehicle. This is a national disgrace and demonstrates a lack of empathy and understanding for our homeless communities.
“The number of homeless people in the State according to the latest official figures show 10,448 people are currently living in emergency accommodation, with 3,752 of these being recorded as children.”
Deputy O’Brien explained that Fianna Fáil would prioritise solving this housing crisis by building public homes on public land and delivering affordable housing for working people.
“We are now in a period where we can bring change to key issues such as housing and I believe that a Fianna Fáil led government can bring about this change,” concluded Deputy O’Brien.