DCC Facing €18.5m Homelessness Funding Deficit

Dublin City Council is facing a deficit of €18.5m in funding for homeless services.

It is understood that news of the funding deficit was revealed in a report circulated to the councillors on Monday night.

The council has called for a cross party meeting between the city council’s cabinet policy group and the Minister for Environment, Community and Local Government, Alan Kelly.

Fianna Fáil Group Leader on the city Cllr Paul McAuliffe questioned the ministerial u-turn stating: "The Government need to clarify why they indicated last December that they were willing to fund all necessary services and yet they have now left as a massive €18.5 million shortfall.

"The impact of this decision will mean that there will be no funding for any emergency accommodation in the final months of this year. The Minister is effectively turfing-out more than 2,000 people in emergency accommodation. The Minister must agree to our request for an all-party meeting in order to resolve this issue and ensure emergency accommodation remains a safety net in our capital city."


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