Environment Minister Alan Kelly has been accused of "blaming everyone but himself" for the escalating homelessness crisis.
Amid growing concern over children being forced to sleep rough and a steep rise in the number of families pushed into homelessness by spiralling rents, Mr Kelly interrupted his summer break to insist he was doing everything he could to deal with the situation.
Mr Kelly said he did not control all “the levers” needed to tackle homelessness as he said the Government faced a “perfect storm” with the issue.
Fianna Fáil’s Barry Cowen said the minister was unable to get a grip on the situation. “The minister sought to blame everyone other than himself. The housing minister talking about the need to ‘think outside the box’ is an insult to all of those people who do not know where they are sleeping.”
Focus Ireland insisted the Government needed to treat the situation as a “national emergency” as it released new figures showing that 77 families from Dublin, including 155 children, became homeless in July.
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