Taoiseach asked why some homeless kids still have to do homework in hotels

Taoiseach asked why some homeless kids still have to do homework in hotels

The Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has said the Government is committed to ending child homelessness.

It comes as tens of thousands of children are returning to school this week. Some 68,000 children start their first day of school this and next week, and another 65,000 are facing their first day in secondary school.

Almost 3,000 of them in emergency accommodation at the moment. Taoiseach Leo Varadkar visited a primary school this morning, where he was asked why some children will have to do their homework in hotels.

He said the Government was committed to resolving the issue, including ramping up the construction of social housing units.

"There's an enormous challenge ahead of us," he said. "We have a €5bn investment programme underway in social housing. There are three times as many social houses under construction today as there were last year, but it is going to take time to ramp things up.

"But it's something the Government is really committed to sorting out."

More on this topic

Homeless families are in in 'desperate crisis' and ‘close to breakdown’ , says reportHomeless families are in in 'desperate crisis' and ‘close to breakdown’ , says report

Report highlights 'completely unacceptable' situation of children in one-night-only accommodationReport highlights 'completely unacceptable' situation of children in one-night-only accommodation

Global sleep-out across 52 cities worldwide shines spotlight on homelessnessGlobal sleep-out across 52 cities worldwide shines spotlight on homelessness

Hundreds protest outside Dáil calling for action to address homelessnessHundreds protest outside Dáil calling for action to address homelessness


More in this Section

Voters head to the polls across Northern IrelandVoters head to the polls across Northern Ireland

Narrowing gap between supply and demand in Dublin, warns Irish WaterNarrowing gap between supply and demand in Dublin, warns Irish Water

Doherty calls on National Lottery to explain how top prize scratch cards 'went missing'Doherty calls on National Lottery to explain how top prize scratch cards 'went missing'

Charity: Cost of living could rise by €1,300 a year in event of hard BrexitCharity: Cost of living could rise by €1,300 a year in event of hard Brexit


Lifestyle

Don’t just bung this festive favourite in a boring pot and wait for it to wilt, says Hannah Stephenson.How to style your Christmas poinsettia

More From The Irish Examiner