The role of the health services watchdog, HIQA, should be expanded to include Direct Provision and emergency accommodation, according to Sinn Féin.
A proposed Sinn Féin bill would extend the role of HIQA to include any emergency housing facility run by the State or councils.
Its Housing spokesman, Eoin Ó Broin, has said current inspections are not independent enough.
He has also said anyone in their right mind would support a truly independent regime of inspections.
"The issue is, do you create a brand new body with all of the additional costs and time that would take or do you take a body that has a good track record of doing independent inspections and expand its remit," he questioned.
"I think on the balance of assesment expanding HIQA's remit is the better of the two options."